Crocs, the ultimate biking shoe?
Well, ok, honestly, I don't think so... However, until I find someone with a size 8.5 (41.5 Euro) mtb shoe that is willing to donate them to me, I will continue my training runs in my trusty crocs. I will say, for casual peddling on platforms, they really do rock. For serious distance, they just don't do the trick, but hey, you already knew that didn't you.
Yesterday the weather was great so I got in my first 20 plus mile ride. It started slowly, but then my tight legs began to loosen and the miles began to role under my feet. I am still getting my callouses in the appropriate places, luckily 5000 miles of sitting in a Kayak does something good for the bum.
I am also still adjusting the fit of the bike, messing with saddle height, tilt, and fore-aft positioning. I am optimistic that I will somehow be able to acquire a set of Salsa Woodchipper bars for the trip along with the Salsa 'Do Everything' cages. These two things will really help with the ultra-light packing on the bike in lieu of a trailer. Speaking of trailers, there is still the chance that the B.O.B. will come through, but if not I will go with the Frame Bag from Revelate and that, combined with my shirts will be skinned with sponsor logos. Personally, I can go either way. Part of me would love the simplicity of the B.O.B, as it is more like packing a Kayak. One big container with lots of little bags. Nice and easy, straightforward with no mess and fuss. On the other hand, I am so intrigued by the thought of an Ultra-Light kit that takes me around the country and fits right on the bike, nice and easy. Just like the Fargo was designed to do. Stay tuned, we shall see.