Prior to the travel, I was feeling very uninspired about the road bikes and was actually riding a carbon 29er I had built some. That was until a couple of hard crashes right before I left had me deciding that mountain biking wasn't for me and to focus on road and CX. So selling the mountain bike, the financial benefits of an overseas assignment, plus the lonely downtime in the hotel room meant a lot of bike forum surfing and eBay shopping. The result was minor to major (as in all together new) overhauls for my road and CX bikes. I will cover these in separate post.
The major philosophy change in all this was to try to pair down my equipment. In the past, I've had tubular race wheels and clincher training wheels with a set of each for each bike. The race wheels are definitely the nicer of the two but with my lack of racing over the past 1 1/2 years, most had probably been ridden 2-3 times during that span. So after lots of research and buoyed by my experience going tubeless on the mountain bike, I decided to sell off my clinchers and go all tubular. That way I would have 1 set of wheels for each bike plus 1 spare road and 1 spare CX wheelset. It would also mean that I would actually be riding the nice wheels versus leaving them hanging in garage.
A couple of sets glued
A random picture of Jens Voigts bike equipment at a local bike shop. He was doing an upcoming local ride and his equipment happened to be delivered when I stopped into get some more sealant. There were two Leopard Trek bike bags in addition to pictured wheel and gear bags. Is it strange that I was more excited to be close to his equipment then him?