Always the Wrong Gear

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  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. Extraterrestrial, a Ranger and snow

    22 Feb 2018

    PORTLAND, Ore., – I finally had the chance to ride through snow (over paved surfaces, mostly) with a Surly Extra Terrestrial tire, mounted on a 50mm Rabbit Hole rim, used as a rear tire. I have a WTB Ranger Tough 3.0 front tire, mounted on the same rim Snow is rare…


  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. 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 like…


  5. 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…


  6. 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…


  7. 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…


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