I picked up my bike today for the final time, hopefully. The guys at Bicycles Etc. have been fabulous. John, Victor, and Brooke have answered about a hundred questions, special ordered parts, given free bicycle repair lessons and sold me a lot of stuff. Alex and Jimmy provide comic relief in the repair shop and Gabe is the friendly face in the front. More commercials to follow. Support your local bike shop.
As long as we're on bikes all the blogs i've read give a rundown of their equipment. Here goes.
56 Surly Long Haul Trucker Complete Bike - Check out http://www.surlybikes.com/ cool company. (Roger Insisted) ref. blog 1
Brooks B17 Saddle (Uppity) (Roger Insisted) ref. blog 1
700x35 Schwalbe Marathon Plus Supreme Tires
Axiom LaSalle Panniers
Arkel Handlebar bag small
Trek Seat Bag
Planet Bike Fenders - Black, (had yellow very offensive)
Cat Eye rear and front strobe
Rear Rack ?
Crank Brothers pedal cages (very controversial)
Adventure Cycling seven map Southern Tier mapset
Killing Yourself for 3000 miles, .....priceless.
The plan is still to leave early Monday morning and head for Lubbock, but there could be surprising changes on that front.
More to come.