Ride #1

"And lo, on the first day we saw that the journey giveth, and the journey taketh away." 

About 15kms into my 20km test ride - my first ever loaded ride on the bike, I should add - I saw a miracle.  My left front brake grew wings and flew away.  A sight such as hasn't been seen in a millenia. 

Casualty #1: Front left brake.

Lesson Learned #1: Trust no one (Especially not bike mechanics who forget to tighten brakes).