Cycling Along The Way...

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Silver City, NM, United States
Riders of the wheel. Racers, Roadies, Mountain bikers, Touring cyclists, Commuters, and others. Diamond frames, recumbents, trikes, and more. Sharing a web of connections often misunderstood or unappreciated by those who don't ride. Herewith, my attempt to share some of the more rational thoughts that flit around inside my head while bicycling, knocking back a brew or three, or just thinking about life. Reviews of bicycles, gear, touring, and more, plus some unsolicited posts about people, politics, and philosophy. Other things, too. Me: retired, gave up my TV in 1988, avid cyclist, several cross country tours completed with more to come. Your thoughts?

Thursday, April 22, 2010

First Attempt to Pack the Panniers...

Well, the temp was in the 50's today in Silver City.  Lovely Spring weather!!  So, I decided to pack my panniers and see what it all weighed.  The photos that you see above are: the gear on our bed and then packed in the panniers.  Click on the photo for a larger view.

The front panniers weigh 15lbs loaded; the rear ones weighed 20lbs.  The front ones have the gear in them that I will put in them when I leave on the trip.  The rear ones will have a bit more gear but not much.  I anticipate no more than 10lbs more for a total of 45lbs, which is great.  Everything will be inside the panniers, the handlebar bag.  The rear rack bag is insulated and will be used to carry food items that I pick up along the way, i.e., beer.

I checked my list of things to bring and I pretty much packed everything today into those panniers, so I should be able to start riding with the panniers come May.  I will alternate between riding my touring bike w/out panniers and then with them.  I will be going for distance when I ride w/out them and then increasing the distance when I ride with them.  Hopefully, all of this will dovetail into my being fit enough to take off August 1st for Upstate NY.

As of last night, I also have a shared website on SPOT, as well.  I will send this info to family/friends.  Once I get the hang of all of this, I hope to have some relatively interesting info on these sites....not too boring anyways.

Don't let the bastards wear you down....