I am finding that prepping for a bike trip not only involves practice beforehand, but spending of money, a bit of it. There's the bike shorts, bike gloves, pedal clips, water bottles, tent (well, bought for hiking too). And now, I think I need to upgrade my handgrips on the handlebars.
I was going to see if they could be glued down, but bike shop said it would be better to get a new set, ones which have a clamp on them that you screw tight so the grips won't budge. I'm happy about that, but don't want to spend extra money quite yet. I will get some and install them before I do my long weekend bike trip to Purden Lake.
I've read about other people being particular about their bike parts, ie saddle, pedals, and now I can see why it's good to be fussy about parts. My current ones just don't work for me, so I need something better then the ones that came with bike. After biking to Jasper, I may also find that I don't like my saddle, who knows! I thought I wasn't so fussy with the previous bike I had, but then I remember I had changed the pedals as I hated the plastic ones that it came with when I bought it.