Made a marathon drive on Friday to Steamboat and back, so that I could get the Snoots back into the hands of its creator. Funny how I have this emotional attachment to my bikes, such that if they can't be safe at home, it's somehow acceptable for them to be back where they were born...?Although the mid-blizzard drive was too eventful for my liking, the end result is that Brad now has the bike and a clear idea of how I want the racks to perform. And he's not one to waste time--I got these pics this AM showing that he's well on his way.It's actually a very *good* thing that the bike is back up with Brad, as I have countless tasks to attend to here and the bike is only a distraction once the days ride is done. Lots of sewing lately--adding gussets to packs, length to stuff sacks, features to inner layers, insulation to outer layers, and padding to bars, grips, and gloves. As L puts it best, "You like to tinker". So true. If I think I can make a worthwhile improvement, I can't NOT attempt to. How could I sleep if I didn't find the answer for myself?!!!I got an email from a disgruntled gear fabricator today, essentially venting that his ideas were being stolen. While I wasn't the target of his venting, it occurred to me that there's one sure way to avoid having your ideas stolen--don't share them publicly! In that vein, there will be more photos of my winter expedition setup here as it comes together, but anything that I don't want seen or copied (or even pondered) simply gets cropped out and that's that.Hoping to get back up high with The Dog and a new toy in the next day or two. Most fun winter bike riding/cross training I can imagine--wait'll you see this!