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    Test ride to Marlette Lake

    Inspired by this forum. I made my first bikepack to Marlette Lake. First order of business was to get a bag made and get my bike ready. Got Grandma to sew up a bag for me and put a Topeak MTX rack and EXP trunk on my bike.
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    My hardtail is kind of a hodge podge of old components, so I took it on some test rides to make sure it was ready to burden the trip and to make sure all my gear would fit. Also had to trim down my $7 Harbor Freight sleeping pad. It was a tad long.
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    My riding buddy was in charge of the route, so I just showed up on Go Day and pedaled. Turned out the ride from the trail head at Spooner to Marlette was quite a long sandy climb that got progressively steeper. My legs were not quite ready, so I had to push a bit.
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    Got to Marlette Lake and had to jump in. Chilly and refreshing.
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    No camping at Marlette Lake, so we kept on going up to what I think is Marlette Overlook Campground. There is no OHV access up here. Feet and wheels only.
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    Was greeted with this sign at the campground. Glad I had some bear spray. Does it work on Mountain Lions?
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    Also inspired by the Stove Pron thread; I made a soda can stove...worked like a charm. Set up the tents and had some Mountain House.
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    We rode back the next day. Total ride was approximately 14 miles. 7 miles and 1,100 ft climbing in. Out was almost all downhill with the exception of about .75 miles climb out of Marlette. All in all, it was a success. Experience was what I wanted. Got to test my bike, test my legs, and just generally see if bike packing was for me. Already swapped a better fork on to my hardtail and will be adding a front derailleur soon, so the bike is pretty set for the next trip. Weight was high, but didn't really affect handling. I didn't really even notice the weight until I got off the bike. My legs are what need the most work. Also, the $7 pad was awful, I will be investing in a proper pad over the winter.

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    Looks like a great trip. Way to work with what you have and build from there.


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    Glad you had a good time, when you get a good bikepacking trip come together it is like no other way of travelling.

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    Great trip, thanks for posting. Your Grandma made a very nice framepack.

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    Looks like a cool 1st trip! Quick overnighters are awesome, doesn't take much time to get out there. I think you need to fire your buddy for taking you up that heinous hill though. I rode up that thing once, never again!

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    Cool, Skeeno! +1 on the props for pulling it off without going nuts on a bunch of expensive gear

    Marlette is the perfect place for a first trip. Was that just last weekend? I`m surprised the aspens (the little I can see of them) hadn`t started turning yet. Are you going out again this year? I`m from just north of Reno and probably have a weekend trip or two left before busy season strikes at work, always room for another rider.
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    Well, my bike is ready; I just put on a new Marzzochi Marathon fork. I also added a front derailleur, so now I gots 18 speeds (not that I ever get out of the little ring). Not sure if I can make another one this fall, but PM me if you have one planned and I'll see if I can make it. Where do you usually bikepack? I'm looking for some routes.

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    PM to you, Skeeno.
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