Writing and photos, derailleurs not needed.
Dusty adventures in Black Rock City
11 Sep 2016
BANFF, Alberta, Canada – Something draws us to the worst place on earth at a high cost in time and treasure
Some create or participate in epic artwork – performance, built things or both – while others volunteer (often buying a ticket to go work for free). Some go for…
Surly’s Number 7 and tubeless Extra Terrestrials
21 Aug 2016
AUSTIN - The Surly branded Revelate Ranger frame bag finally arrived, and it’s nicer than I thought it would be.
Surly worked with Revelate to make frame bags for all (or most?) of their current frames – I think just the off-road models.
The bags are all made in Alaska…
More on my Extra Terrestrial experience
12 Aug 2016
AUSTIN - In an effort to test out the new Surly Extra Terrestrial 26 x 2.5 tires in something other than my apartment parking lot or my 5-mile (8 km) round trip to class, I rode around Ladybird Lake on the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail in…
The Troll goes Extra Terrestrial
10 Aug 2016
AUSTIN - I wasn’t completely sure about the Schwalbe Marathon Mondial 26 x 2.15 Evolution I mounted to replace the Surly Dirt Wizard 26 x 2.75. I mean, they’re burly tires meant for the craziest expeditions over the most unridable surfaces with an elephant strapped to your bike, with an…
The red, bulging rim strips
08 Aug 2016
AUSTIN – The bulging of the Surly rim strips in the Rabbit Hole rims was driving me a bit crazy. At 2.5 bars it was just too much – I’m sure it was structurally fine, but it annoyed me
It looked like the tubes (these aren’t tubeless, yet) would stretch…
A perfect day for a small bike ride
21 Apr 2016
AUSTIN – Weather warnings and watches murmur and squawk as creeks flood, thunder rattles the windows and lightning rips holes in the churning sky
Perfect day for a small bike ride.
We weren’t riding small bikes; I mean it was a short ride. I mean … my new Surly Troll…