Russell Brunelle (russellb) wrote,
Russell Brunelle
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Ughhh...

I was REALLY hoping to avoid this, but with the inclusion of the tent there was just no way around the need for a second rear pannier: not only did any packing arrangement with one pannier leave things uncomfortably tight, with the walking shoes strapped to the outside, but it also left too much weight in my hydration pack, which I'm trying to avoid as part of my strategy for preventing the hand numbness from returning.

Oh well, I'll get used to the extra weight, though I'm not totally thrilled about all the running around I had to do yesterday and today for gear.

But, the principle of caution really allowed no other course of action, since unless El Paso really surprises me in terms of the degree to which the bike shops cater to long-distance travel, this will be my last chance to get the gear situation right until Austin.

The one thing that can be said is that I've done everything possible gear-wise about the hand numbness: gel handlebar tape and gloves, better posture, and all weight out of the hydration pack and into the second pannier. The only other things I could do would be to move the saddle forward and the handlebars up, both of which I can do on the road.
Ughhh...

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