Bike - Lynskey Cooper CX
Fitted with a Tubus Airy pannier rack and full SKS Bummel mudguards. Both items were bought from Bike-Discount.Com. If you haven't used them yet, try them out. Great service and canny cheap. Fitting both the mudguards and the rack was proving difficult so I sought help from Dave at Cycle Repair Shed, a mobile bike mechanic based in Gosforth. Did a very tidy job. Use him, I certainly will again.
Thinking about weight distribution I'm going to use two small front panniers on the rear rack and a frame bag to help keep the weight centralised over the BB. After a little research I went for a custom made one by Alpkit. The quality is fantastic and made in the UK.
Also ordered this week were a pair of Ortlieb Sport Packer Plus panniers. After weeks of research I finally decided on these mainly because of the low weight and great reviews.
Sitting on the lap top researching kit and route planning has taken a good month - that's the easy part. I'm happy I've got my kit now so I can do my training on a loaded bike. It's amazing reading other peoples blogs about training on unloaded bikes and then they wonder why they struggle doing the Jogle on a loaded bike.
Let the training commence - Winter Miles = Summer Smiles (thanks Rich for that gem)