Dieting is serious stuff when it comes to bikes. To illustrate I emptied the panniers of heavy items that aren't needed, removed the top box, and changed to a smaller tank bag. Then I rode into town to meet some friends for breakfast. The difference in handling was incredible, no feeling of top heaviness at all. You’d think that would be obvious to someone whose been doing this for a long time but I guess it just got away from me for awhile.
This afternoon I oiled the chain to see what effect the weight reduction would have. I chose a spot on our driveway with nearly the exact slope I’d had the issues with a few days ago. It was like night and day, I was able to roll and steady the bike with one hand. I also popped the left side pannier off to increase access to the chain and that helped too.
Anyway I’m ready to begin repacking and I’m not taking anything that isn’t absolutely essential, like my credit card, AAA card, AARP card, etc. I think camping in Motel 6 is going to be fun.
Oh, the photos… I wanted to take a couple to show the Ninja’s new slimmed down profile. Chance, our collie has this thing about poking his nose into everything including photo sets. If you try to shoo him away he just barks at you. What is that anyway?