Well, since I purchased three new bikes in 2011, I need to go easy this year. Had all the bases covered ... except for one. Last Spring while spending a week in Rome, I rented a bicycle for several days. I had a blast, and resolved to never travel again without a bicycle. Hence, 2012 N + 1. (p.s. Blue/Black/White PInarello FP6 in the background is 2011 N + 3.)
Image #1. This is a funny shaped box for a bicycle.
Image #2. Hmmm. A suitcase?
Image #3. Protective plastic wrap gone ... yup, a suitcase.
Image #4. Let's see if there is anything inside the suitcase. Well, I can see a itty bitty wheel.
Image #5. Looks like there are some bicycle parts in there somewhere.
Image #6. Let's start taking stuff out.
Image #7. And more ... and more stuff.
Image #8. After taking all the "stuff" out, this is what's left. Just packing felt pockets.
Image #9. By golly! It is a bicycle ... I think.
Need some pedals and already know what I'm going to change. A new stem to bring the bars a little lower, traditional shaped bars, (I "hate" that ergo junk), two white water bottle cages (have, but need to install), and white cloth tape. The rear rack will be attached for foreign trips. No need at "home". They built to match the geometry of the Pinarello. It's close. Even the wheelbase is the same. Next scheduled trip is next week, but just Colorado and Montana. I'll take the Pinarello for that one. Four weeks in Thailand in August and September. The Bike Friday will go with me on that one.
Now ... I just need to figure out how to get it back into its cage.