This is my bike in its first touring mode. It has been dated between ’06 to ’08. This is prior (roughly 1 hour) to having my rear pannier run over by an 18 wheeler 4 hours into the ride…oops =] Rear Bontrager bags have been retired since this was taken, the plastic hook/clasp was too weak for my weight load. Gold water bottle was lost in the Garden of the Gods, blue one started growing something that even when scrubbed, the metal is now pitted, it too has been retired. The sleeping bag and bivvy sac were compliments of the US Marines and have moved on as well. Still have the tarp=] Stock Mavick Rims, retired and stock saddle – Specialized, also retired.
And to your left… the obligatory front shot with “subtle” tilt on front wheel for groovy/tough look… Front Bontrager packs are still with me as is the Zefel rack and AeroBars.