This week’s Reader’s Rig comes from Ryotaro in Fukuoka, Japan, who offers a quick look at his go-anywhere Surly Grappler. Get to know Ryotaro and check out his lovingly built all-terrain steel bike here…

Words and photos by Ryotaro Yoshida

Hello! My name is Ryotaro. I live in Fukuoka, Kyushu, Japan. There are many mountains, rice fields, rivers, and fields in my area, and I enjoy riding my bike on such roads on my days off.

Surly Grappler

I have always loved ultralight hiking, so I load up my bike with gear and go for a ride during the warmer months. I love the Surly Grappler because I can go far anywhere. I first encountered Grappler when I happened to visit a bike builder’s store and was struck by a newly arrived one! From there, my history with that store began. I also bought my stem, crankset, and headset from that store. It’s a small store but very nice! You can find it on Instagram here.

  • Surly Grappler
  • Surly Grappler

And I love the frame bag by Rogue Panda. It’s a very nice design! I am especially attached to a stem bag with a Union Jack tag that was made by a friend of mine who lives in England and enjoys hiking, too. When I’m not hiking, I really enjoy biking to my favorite places and caring for the little cacti I have at home.

Surly Grappler
  • Surly Grappler
  • Surly Grappler
  • Surly Grappler
  • Frame/Fork: Surly Grappler (Medium)
  • Rims: WTB ST i40 TCS
  • Tires: Teravail Ehline, 27.5 x 2.5″
  • Handlebars: Salsa Cowchipper 31.8mm
  • Headset: ChrisKing NoThreadSet
  • Crankset: White Industries
  • Pedals: SimWorks Bubbly
  • Cassette: Shimano Deore
  • Derailleur(s): microSHIFT
  • Shifter(s): microSHIFT AdventX
  • Saddle: Brooks Cambium C17
  • Seatpost: Thomson Elite
  • Stem: Paul Components Boxcar
  • Front bags: Outer Shell Drawcord Handlebar Bag
  • Frame bags: Rogue Panda Designs custom
  • Accessory bags: Yanco/Matt’s Bag
  • Other accessories: Surly 8-Pack Rack

That’s all from me. I also write a column about ultralight hiking in a very small community if anyone is interested in reading more!

Surly Grappler
  • Surly Grappler
  • Surly Grappler

You can follow along with Ryotaro on Instagram.

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