The Bike, first day of training
After much research, I have decided that the Salsa Fargo is the bike I would most like to acquire for my upcoming trip across and around North America. I finally ran down a used Fargo on Ebay that met my criteria, size & price. Fingers crossed, I should know shortly if I won the bidding. If not, then I will begin anew the search for a used Fargo as I simply can't afford a new model. Should you know of one, size Medium that is available, please drop me a note.
I have also mostly decided on a B.O.B Ibex trailer. Originally I was planning on going Ultra-Light, and while I am still committed to this ethic of travelling, the opportunity to easily carry gear and to put on sponsor banners is very appealing. I think if I could come up with a way to do the banners without doing the trailer, I would go that route, but to date I have not come up with a way to easily promote those organizations that are helping me. Ideas are certainly welcome.
I arrived back in civilization yesterday, and with a little bit of angst, began settling in to my new climate and a new training program. Today I was able to get out on my a borrowed bike and put in 10 miles of road work. Certainly not a big deal, but good to get out and start getting some miles under my belt. I am going to get a used Brooks saddle for the trip, and look forward to having that under my bum. In Maine, the bike I was using, a Cannondale R600, had an old Brooks B-17 that I had rescued from a boat house. Worn down by years of neglect, it was certainly a firm saddle. I anxiously look forward to getting one that can actually be softened up and molded to my form.
Today's ride was easy and under ideal conditions, if you consider billions of gnats and one near miss of an alligator to be ideal. But hey, at least it was sunny with blue skies and temps in the 70's. Quite a change from the high of 40 and snow showers I left just 2 days ago. I followed up the ride with some stretching and some yoga. It is my intent to incorporate a daily regiment of yoga into my life as my flexibility is starting to dissapear on me. While the bike trip is sure to strengthen my lower body, my upper body will be in a sort of withdraw. I hope that the yoga will not only help with my flexibility but keep me fit and strong for paddling season this spring.
Choices still remain between a B.O.B trailer and frame bags from Revelate (Congratulations to the new member of the Revelate Team!!). While having read much of the arguments for and against trailers, I am still not 100% decided. As stated above, if I can find another way to deal with Sponsors, then I will definitely go the pure Ultra-Light route.