Though I’m on a budget, I invested in new gear (in order of importance):
- A.L.I.C.E. Pack
- Cargo Net
- Riding Boots
- Cramp Buster
Cost: $116.97 (including shipping)
If there’s ONE thing I HAD to have, it’s the Communicator! Holy f__k, I don’t know what our trip would’ve been like without it! To travel with someone over hundreds of miles and not be able to discuss the route, traffic, detours and missed turns is one thing. But to not be able to talk about the guy picking his nose in the next lane?? Yeah. Get communicators! Our ride would’ve been frustrating beyond belief without them!
My everyday backpack would’ve burst from over-packing! The A.L.I.C.E. Pack was large enough for my essentials and then some. I filled it about 1/3 full to keep it light. (C’mon, we’re staying ONE night in a freakin’ CABIN!) It was über-comfortable with its frame and all. Can’t wait to take this thing on an actual camping trip!
I strapped a small backpack onto my luggage rack and held it in place with this nifty cargo net. I could’ve easily packed all that stuff in my A.L.I.C.E. Pack, but why ride around with a heavier backpack AND an EMPTY luggage rack? Yes, this thing is both light, utilitarian AND fashionable. I’m going to find a way to wear this to ::THE BOX:: (Goth-Industrial night at the Blue Lagoon).
I’ve needed a new pair of boots for several years and this was my excuse chance to splurge and get some! They gripped well and made me a whole inch-and-a-half taller! Timing was less than ideal since I only had a day to break them in, but still, I felt extra cool with the road passing beneath my brand new pair of boots!
I should’ve used this thing more… My hand cramped, but without the Cramp Buster, it would’ve been worse. I wish there was a sore-ass-buster because my ass was worse off than my hand after hours of riding.
Had I needed it in case of a breakdown, this would’ve been top of the list… But that’s like saying I didn’t need my helmet ’cause I didn’t crash. So I’m glad I got it, if even for peace of mind. In fact, I was hoping for a breakdown just so I could bust the thing out on the side of the road and get to work! Ok, not really, but you get the point.
Well, this all added up fast! O.o
At some point, I’ll get around to reviewing each of these individually, ’cause I got some pretty cool s#!t for this roadtrip!