- The most indestructible, feather-light, shiny silver rack.
- The most indestructible, feather-light, waterproof, pocketed, fire engine red panniers.
- The most indestructible, feather-light, waterproof yet breathable, bright but not gaudy, zips-off-at-the-sleeves, passes as casual jacket.
- The most indestructible..
you get my point.
I am (sort of) no longer looking for these PERFECT items. I DO like super handy, multi-use items-- like the Princton Tec Aurora 3 light that converts from a handlebar light, helmet light to a headlamp. And while I will strive to strike a balance between durability, weight and expense-- to an extent, I think it matters more that *I* am competent, more so than my gear.
So when I come across evidence as I've posted below, I feel multiple ways at once:
- I pass judgement for feeling like "I know better."
- I feel inspired by cheap, homemade solutions.
- I feel like if this person carried THAT much with THAT gear, then surely carrying the LITTLE gear I'll bring and the AWESOME gear I'll use.. I'll be JUST FINE! :)
My uncensored in-my-brain thoughts:
Why did you let another person on your bicycle?? Is that a rocket booster back there? Man, that thing has got to be like a bus!
Dude, this guy just draped two BACKPACKS off the back of his bike. And those are neon STRAWS on his spokes. His journal on Crazyguyonabike.com is hilarious.
From Tom's online journal: "I didn't go through extensive research in packing my things. I don't know how much anything weights, If i think it's too heavy I'll drop items.... or I'll pretend to be a battering ram and run into things."
Lying down to ride is weird. I think I would want to nap all the time. Those are frickin' huge flags. But I bet they did their job.