- Replaced my old crappy brake pads with nifty Salmon Kool-Stop pads. They really are great.
- Sewn clips onto the seat and a backpack to create a removable backpack seatbag. It works quite well.
- Hung a high visibility vest over the backpack, a coworker claims I'm invisible on my bike.
- Replaced the pedals with Eggbeater Candy-C pedals and picked up some Lake SPD compatible cycling sandles.
- Bought and installed a new crankset with shorter cranks (165mm from 170) and smaller Chainrings (low gear is now 21.5 gear inches instead of 27.5, still not low enough).
- The new crankset required a new bottom bracket cartridge so I swapped out my tapered square spindle with the required ISIS splined bb.
- Replaced the Primo Comets with high pressure Kenda Kwests.
- Purchased and began using a cycle computer that also measures cadence (I'm a grinder and it's killing my knees). Sigmasport BC1600 if you care.
- Cleaned, shortened, and lubed my chain. No chainstretch measured after about 1300 miles (the bike came with 600 miles on it).
- Configure the EZ-1 midship (underseat) racks to work with my Rans Rocket. This will involve the use of maybe 4 hoseclamps.
All-in-all I'm pretty pleased with myself. I'm not a bicycle genius, but I'm working on learning the skills I need. I can't wait for my trip. I hope I don't bail out early :-P