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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Twelve Days of Christmas - Part 1

There's an old saying, "You can never be too rich or too thin." Motorcycling modifies that to being too light. Nothing kills a motorcycle's performance and handling like dead weight.

On the other hand you have the traveler's creed, "What you have and don't need is better than what you need and don't have." 

The next axiom is to lay out everything for your trip and eliminate half. Then wait 24 hours and eliminate half of what's left.

However, unless you enjoy eating with your fingers the proper utensils are in order. Morning oatmeal is hot, sticky, and messy, a proper spoon really makes a difference.

The Sea to Summit Alpha Utensil Set is about as good as it gets for compact lightness. It's aircraft grade aluminum that weighs about as much as a sheet of paper and it comes with a carabiner to keep them together. An unexpected bonus is the 3mm, 4mm, and 5mm wrenches built into the handles. I wouldn't try to overhaul my engine with them but they might come in handy in an emergency. Cleaning the nozzle on my camp stove comes to mind.

$14.95 makes this an excellent and practical gift for a friend who goes camping. 

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