Readers Rig is a series of articles that showcase community member’s bikepacking rigs. Be it long rides or short, races or slogs, everyone has their own unique set up. We hope you enjoy these rigs and maybe pick up a thing or two to add to your set up.

Michael A. Intrabartola (aka- Mikey)
Elizabethtown, NY

My name is Michael Intrabartola and I’ve been riding bikes and traveling by way of the bike for years.  I was always trying to pare down gear to the smallest amount needed in order to ride the trails I wanted, but it wasn’t until I decided to race the Tour Divide in 2012 that I realized “bikepacking” gear had come into it’s own. This Solace Cycles Pinion 29er was loaned to me specifically for the 2017 Grand Depart of The Adirondack Trail Ride.  I am the organizer for this event and also a participant.  This year was the third annual Grand Depart.

Bike Build:
Solace Cycles OM-1P Pinion 12spd with Gates Carbon Belt Drive,  Medium frame, Tubeless 29x 2.6 Schwalbe Nobby Nic, mix of Race Face and Thomson parts, Magura brakes, Jones bars, Niner RDO fork.

Bike Bags:
Mostly Porcelain Rocket, Revelate Gas Tank, Bedrock Bags Tapeats.

(worn) Ibex wool jersey and knee warmers, Pearl Izumi shorts, arm warmers, vest and rain pants, Black Diamond rain jacket, Smartwool socks, and Pearl Izumi shoes.

Sleep System:
MSR bivy sac, Lafuma summer weight down bag, ¾ Thermarest prolite pad.

Extra Gear:
Fenix lights, Etrex GPS, Ibex beanie and long johns for sleeping and Smartwool socks.


Social Handles: instagram: @theadirondacktrailride

Check out the route here:

The Adirondack Trail

One Comment

  1. Hello Mikey-
    What do you think of the pinion drive setup? Reliable? Ease of maintenance? It sure captures my imagination…

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