A few days away, finally. Three, now only two days out of town. Overnight– on a very familiar bike. Since last time, the Pugsley has a new chain and cassette, tubeless tires, and a full luggage system from Revelate Designs. I use a large Carradice Camper saddlebag for longer tours as it offers twice the capacity of the Revelate Viscacha seat bag, and also fits my MacBook Air. But this seat bag rides nicely, and is lighter. Up front, I typically us a compression dry bag for my sleeping gear, but I opted to try this large handlebar stuff sack called the Sweet Roll, paired with my Revelate Pocket accessory bag. The Pocket makes a great mini-messenger bag when not attached to the bike. The included shoulder strap is always attached, and provides daily use over the shoulder. I bought all of these bags last May directly from Eric in Anchorage expecting that Lael would use them over the summer, but she didn’t have enough gear to necessitate so much space. Mostly, she used the seat bag and Gas Tank top tube bag on her Hooligan. Without a computer, I could easily pack for long distance excursions with these bags alone– another nail in the coffin of racks and panniers.
Charlie at Two Wheel Drive is an invaluable resource for local route planning. Over that past decades he has ridden everything in this part of New Mexico, and beyond. Over the past few weeks, TWD has become the fatbike shop in NM. Coming soon, monthly fatbike rides– arroyos, snow, forested trails, and the moon!