Another shake down day for testing and so forth. Packed the bags with a bit of extra kit for some extra weight including a lot of water (6 liters). Headed north along the canal through Lee Valley, ride stats as follows:

So a long day in the saddle and shyt it was hot. Drank a ton of water, luckily I could fill up alongside the canal where they have taps for the boat folk.

Did some very decent bush bashing through some fields – rough alongside and muddy in the dips, perfect stuff, she handled it superbly. Couldn’t get into the forest though as it was all fenced off or so overgrown with nettles. Eventually found a spot and cooked a good bowl of lentils with sausage, quality.

Only thing I need to fix/change is the handlebar bag – it slips down all the time, even with very little weight. Not that impressed. Also thinking about other options for front pannier bags – 20l isn’t much but then again, I don’t want to over pack.

Didn’t find any major hills or anything – that’s next on the testing agenda.

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