|Old, Beat-up Kenda Tires|
|New Panaracer Paselas|
Along with making sure I was physically prepared to ride RAGBRAI, there was also some mechanical preparation involved in getting ready for the long ride across Iowa. Earlier this year, I did some spring tuning. I followed the tune-up with some modifications to my setup, including taping my bars with a thick, cushy bar wrap from Zevlin, raising my brake levers by a few degrees, adding Cane Creek brake hoods, and bolting on some new pedals. A few days ago, I finished setting up my bike for RAGBRAI by putting on my new Panaracer Pasela tires, cleaning and re-lubing the chain and derailleur idlers, conditioning the saddle, and doing some general cleaning.
For the most part, the old PH-10 is dialed in and working smoothly. Barring any unforeseen issues, I think she's ready for some heavy usage next week. The current setup feels comfortable. The machine is rolling smoothly. In general, I'm looking forward to spending 50-60+ hours of quality time in the saddle with my bike next week.