• I've been toying with the idea of another new bike but the cost/benefit doesn't weigh up. I could probably run a lighter frame, definitely lighter wheels and lighter bar setup but what I have is super durable and now race proven so I'm not likely to actually go through with any changes I've thought about. Besides which, after the pre-TCR bike bullshit, I think I'm better off sticking with a built bike I own already :)

    Sleeping is an issue - there will be far fewer hotel options apparently. I struggle to sleep in the bivvy kit I have, at least in the early stages of a race and/or in the cold, which it will be up the mountains. So, I'm not sure what to do. Jesse managed with an emergency bivvy, thin mat and down jacket but I'm tempted to get a warmer bivvy or perhaps take a sleeping bag so I can actually sleep but then I'll be running lower on pack space. I'll probably post a question about it in the tent thread. Maybe I should start a bivvy thread?

    I'm messing around with a different framebag because I don't like the knee contact I get and I'm looking for more storage for TABR due to bigger gaps between resupply.

    I didn't use the etrex backup Garmin I carried for TCR so I'll probably actually take fewer Garmins. Just the 1000 and my phone.

    The bike already has a new saddle on it. It was probably the first thing I did when I got back. I'm taking the Saddle of Doom #2 to Australia for my road bike over there. It's unlikely I'll find the time to fit in any multi-day rides so it should be fine.

  • I'm messing around with a different framebag because I don't like the knee contact I get and I'm looking for more storage for TABR due to bigger gaps between resupply.

    If it was me, I'd

    • upgrade to the largest size of Apidura tail bag so it would take foam pad and sleeping bag.
    • add those chalk bags people have on either side of their stem for food and other stuff
    • take one of those musette things that I regretted not taking with me on TCR for extra short-term food carrying capacity.
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