First Look: Surly Karate Monkey 27.5+ & 2017 Troll66 Jul 26 Logan Watts / bikes
At SaddleDrive this week, Surly reintroduced two of their classics — each completely overhauled with a few very interesting features. We had a chance to look them over and take a few rides… here are our initial impressions.
Tech Note: Extra Bottle Cages on a Surly ECR/Troll/Ogre32 Mar 24 Logan Watts / accessories
Need extra water capacity for a big bikepacking trip? Here’s a hack to add two additional bottle cages using Surly’s do-all, horizontal slot dropouts—tested on rough tracks in East Africa.
A DIY Longflap Saddlebag for Minimalist Dirt Touring77 Nov 20 Logan Watts / bikepacking-bags
Created with classic styling, this longflap saddlebag is like a Frankensatchel, timeless waxed canvas cobbled with modern materials and a few extra useful features.
‘Steve’, A Surly Troll Touring Setup for Africa… Bikepacking Style.14 Nov 14 Logan Watts / gear
A quick post showing the final Africa setup for ‘Steve’, as Virginia named her blue Troll, which I think she came up with so she could boldly announce, ‘My ass hurts, must’ve been that long ride on Steve.’
The Surly Troll: Gin’s ‘Steve’7 Oct 3 Logan Watts / bikes
Steve has been a trustworthy and tough steed that has now been on two international tours. He has a few scratches and dings, but still looks sharp.
The Surly E.C.R. Rounds Out Their Adventure Bike Catalog22 Jul 23 Logan Watts / news
Surly never ceases to amaze by putting out new bikes that I immediately need. They just released two really cool rigs that fill various niche gaps in their steel frame lineup. In this post, we’ll have a quick peek at the ECR and Straggler as well as explore their nonpareil, adventure-specific lineup.
No-Li Born & Raised IPA0 Jul 9 Logan Watts / plog
I decided to enjoy this creamy honey-colored IPA while breaking down my Surly Troll. So I put the green long-haul tank up on the work stand and started the chore of pulling it apart to purge its nooks and crannies of gunk and corrosion (and repurpose my Rohloff to a new build).
Pan-Am Bike Tour Packlist28 Jun 4 Logan Watts / gear
Listed below is what I had on my 5-month tour of Mexico and Central America. This is hardly a minimalist kit, but it carried me through some cold nights in the high altitudes of Mexico and Guatemala as well as some ridiculously hot days in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.
Blazing Southern Costa Rica and Panama3 May 1 Logan Watts / plog
After our Nicoya bike adventure we tore through the remainder of Costa Rica and most of Panama in 13 days with merely 2 rest days in between…
Isla de Ometepe and a Priceless Photo-op11 Apr 7 Logan Watts / plog
We recently heard rumblings about a must-ride ‘extra’ to the typical southward bound pan-american cycling route: an eighty-some-odd mile figure-eight around the double-volcano island of Ometepe in the southern freshwater sea of Lago de Nicaragua.
Leon to Granada, Nicaragua6 Apr 1 Logan Watts / plog
A short post about our rides through Nicaragua… so far. Now, we’re off to Isla de Omotepe… more to come.
Gear Stuff, Mike’s bike13 Feb 24 Michael / gear
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