I got my bike back from the bike shop today. I replaced the original chain that has withstood three round trips to California (mileage wise) over a ten year span and has never left me stranded. The sides of the chain were paper thin in places but still holding tough. The rear sprockets were sharp and pointy from wear so I replaced them too. They looked like those shurikens you’d see on the TV show Kung Fu.
Also got new brake pads put on the rear. The rear brake is always the primary stopper and in my experience gets changed three times more than the front brake. The shifters and derailleur are adjusted and now it’s a fine tuned instrument! I feel pretty good about my ride now and hope it takes me around Florida and right up to my departure date next February when I’ll have my new bike for the trip across the States.
I stuffed my saddlebags with towels and jeans just to fluff ’em out and then mounted them on the bike to check the fit. Perfect! Great foot clearance and they attach easily and snugly to the rack. They look good too. I added my tent, bungee corded it down, then went for a spin. All I can say is, I’m stylin’ now!