My bicycles don't play it, but the road bike just got a tune-up. It would be nice if such a tune-up could guarantee that my bike will never get a flat (that's sort of a musicians' in-joke)!
Before taking the bike to the shop, I unshipped the under-saddle pack so it would be out of the way. Wow, does my bike feel lighter without it! The loaded pack* probably doesn't weigh over 2 pounds, but it really makes a difference. I could easily get spoiled by not having it on my bike. But I need to have it along when I do Tour de Cure or other lengthy rides. That means I'd better train with it!
Similarly, on Sunday long rides I wear the full Camel-Bak, and also stuff the cable lock, tube of Chamois Butt'r, and cell phone into its pockets! If I train like that, and go on a supported long ride that means I don't have to lock up my bike, I can leave the lock home. I'll be riding a pound or two lighter than I was during training, which will be helpful.
This morning I rode the hybrid because the road bike was at the shop. I'm amazed at how slow, heavy, and clunky the hybrid bike seems now. Yep, even with that saddle pack to add weight, the road bike has me spoiled rotten!!
*multi tool, two CO2 cartridges with nozzle, spare tube, tube of sunblock, bandaids in case of a crash.