Always the Wrong Gear

Posts tagged with single-speed

  1. Leave the gears, keep the Troll

    14 Apr 2019

    PORTLAND, Ore. – A few months ago I decided it was time to end the short-lived foolishness of multiple gears for a few reasons, the most prominent being that I still rode the damn thing as if it were single speed … always in the wrong gear.  While the title of…


  2. Great Divide: Back in the USA

    23 Sep 2016

    WHITEFISH, Mont. – Subsequent days on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route have gotten easier, but the challenge is still the same. It took a few days for me to settle into a routine of riding my bike all day and camping at night. For a first bikepacking trip, perhaps…


  3. 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 the…


  4. 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 downtown Austin. It’s about 10 miles (16km) of decomposed granite…


  5. 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 expectation for ridiculous amounts…


  6. 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 too much and…


  7. 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 is a size…


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