Initial accessories for my ADV 3.1

First of all, the bike.  A Co-op Cycles ADV 3.1 Adventure Touring Bike.  That’s the new bike of which I speak, and it totally rocks.  Accessories?  Well, there’s more to come, but we’ll get started with the basic ones I picked up yesterday.  It came with pedals, so that cut down on the cost.  I was happy about that.  The Salsa EXP Series Seat Pack, Revelate Designs Egress Pocket Handlebar Bag (may upgrade this), Salsa Anything Cage HD With Straps (2), Salsa Anything Bag (2), Kryptonite KryptoFlex 1007 Cable (7′), Blackburn Core Mini Bike Pump, Revelate Designs Ranger Bike Frame Bag, crankbrothers M-17 Multi-Tool (which I’ve already used!), Blackburn Click USB Rear Light, Kryptonite KryptoLok Mini-7 U-Lock, Park Tool Tire and Tube Repair Kit, NiteRider Lumina 1100 Boost Front Bike Light, SRAM Powerlock 1 (quicklink, [2]), Co-op Cycles Presta Tube 27.5 x 2.1 – 2.35 (2), Boeshield T-9 Bicycle Lubricant (4 oz.), Planet Bike Eco Rack Bike Rack, Co-op Cycles Purist Water Bottle (26 fl. oz.), Giro Bravo Gel Bike Gloves (Men’s M), Counter Assault Bear Deterrent Spray (8.1 fl. oz.), Co-op Cycles Soft-Shell Pants (Men’s XXL, clearance), and (on order) the Thule Commuter Pannier (black) completed my initial bike outfitting run.  I’m definitely going to have to get in the best shape I’ve ever been in in my entire life to fully justify all of this, and that’s exactly what all of this is for!  I have some more fix-it stuff coming in the mail, and I’m still a few items short, which I’m about to take care of on the http://www.REI.com site in a few minutes.  The reason I didn’t pick them up yesterday was because they weren’t in stock at the store I was at.

Sound like a lot?  It is.  And it’s going to be so totally worth it when I’m climbing better because I’m biking everywhere and seeing new sites and getting around better and saving gas money…  You can see where my vision of this is going, right?  Good.  I thought so.  This is going to be great!  That is, after the initial soreness wears off, because I know there’s going to be soreness involved…

Evidently, there are undergarments with chamois material built-in that are used to pad the ride and reduce chaffing, and chamois cream to rub on your “undercarriage” for some relief after and between longer rides.  We’ll have to see about some of that kind of thing, but first, I have to try out my bike today!  This is so exciting!!!

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