On the lessening-the-number-of-bikes front, Sam has officially eliminated one more: one of the mountain bikes. The Surly was the one to go, and a happy new owner in Boulder was the recipient of this build. Sam is now down to his self-set requirement of "only" three bicycles: The Diamondback mountain bike, the Surly LHT, and his little folder (which I suspect he is eventually going to sell - or replace... but that remains to be seen).
As for me, the replacement Nitto Noodle bars finally arrived for the Hillborne. I swear, I could have driven cross-country and back several times in the amount of time it took to ship these from a few states away. Regardless of the slow shipment, I am glad to have these Noodle's back on the Hillborne, as I think they are the best choice for me on this ride. In addition to the new/replacement bars, I also got an awesome deal on some Brooks leather handlebar tape, and decided to use it instead of replacing with the old cork tape. It's definitely a more saturated/rich look, but I also think it's something I will enjoy.
|Brooks brown leather handlebar tape on the Nitto Noodle bars|
|Someday soon, this saddle won't "spread" when I ride... YIPEE!|
|Pashley Poppy front mount for my Cateye head light|
|Pashley Poppy rear mount for my PDW tail light|