Surly Disc Trucker Build

February 8, 2015 in Designs, Photos

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I thought I wanted an Amsterdam style bike for commuting, specifically a WorkCycles bike. I love the aesthetic of these bikes. I love the low maintenance, and built-to-last qualities. I’ve enjoyed riding this style of bike while traveling. However, when I saved up the cash and went to buy one, I could not get past the test ride stage. I test rode for several hours over multiple visits. The shop made numerous fit adjustments, and despite wanting to roll away with a new WorkCycle more than anything, I couldn’t get over the fact that the frames felt too relaxed. My mid 30s body wanted something with a bit more leverage. I was not ready to make this jump. So I began the painstaking process of a new bike build, based on a frame style that I was familiar with, but incorporating all of the feature that I love about the WorkCycles.

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Components:

  • Surly Disc Trucker frame
  • Jagwire cables
  • Brooks grips
  • Tektro Auriga Comp Hydraulic Disc Brake
  • Toba Randy Rear Rack
  • Surly Singleator
  • Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tires
  • Shimano ZEE M640 Crankset
  • Woodman Axis SPG Headset
  • Kalloy Laprade Seatpost
  • SRAM i-Light Dynamo Front Disc Hub
  • NuVinci N360 CVP Rear Hub
  • Velocity Chukker Rims
  • VP Vice platform pedals
  • Velo Orange Wheel Stabilizer
  • Gamoh front rack
  • Oopsmark U-Lock Holster

I’ve rode this bike for over a year without doing any maintenance, aside from adding air to the tires on a rare occasion. I finally pulled it in for some adjustments because I noticed the gearing has gradually gotten easier. Aside from that I plan to fix a squeal in the front disc brake, tighten the grips which have loosened at the ends, lower the handlebars slightly for better leverage, and I may swap out the saddle for a wider Brooks model.

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It was strange to transition to this style of bike. I ride much slower now. People pass me often. But I feel safe, and comfortable. I never hesitate to stop at a free pile, or to get groceries. I never have to think about how I will carry something. And I never have to think about what to bring. I just hop on and go. I wouldn’t take this bike touring, or on a long road ride, but I can’t imagine a more enjoyable bike for commuting and getting around town.

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Copper Bike

September 17, 2012 in Designs, Photos

I love the look of natural materials on a bicycle in lieu of plastic and bright paints. When I found this copper colored frame, I decided to build up a bike with as many “metal” parts as possible, and attempt to make it feel timeless.

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Bicycle Hotel

September 10, 2012 in Photos

This is an affordable hotel in Amsterdam with it’s own bike rental program and breakfast included. I love the way the entrance lights up at night. http://www.bicyclehotel.com/