My intent is to go bicycle camping several times this year. Nothing new there, but what makes this a lot of fun is that I stumbled into a nice bike with panniers before I knew what touring was. I traded labor to a bike store owner for a 2009 Fuji Touring bike and a set of classic back rollers, front rollers, and a handlebar bag all made from Ortlieb. So I have been trying to put all this together for about 9 months and have decided I like the sound of loaded touring. I have been riding the bike, but I made some changes two weeks ago; I added fenders, lights, tubus front rack, toe clips, and a Brooks B-17 saddle. NOTE: Brooks saddles from what I understand are like Berkenstocks for your backside, aka Berkenass, however I wasn't expecting to ride on top of a chunk of wood trying to bruise me like an 8 year old with a pinata! Sorry for the rant, but the break in period is trying to break me.
Ok, so this past weekend I went on my first ride with the new saddle and my front panniers. I rode to a farmer's market about 22 miles from my home, loaded up with about 12 pounds of fruit and veggies, and rode home. 44 miles for me is a fairly normal ride for a Sat. or Sun., but this ride was great feeling. The fruit added some weight to my front end and I was very surprised when then steering really was more stable (not that I think you guys on here are lying, but I didn't think it was that drastic). Anyways, long story short, I rode 44 miles, half of which was done with 12 loaded pounds of organic goodness, and I got my first, many more to come, butt kicking from the Berkenass.
Till next time,
Weld and Ride.