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Eight Uses For The Surly Junk Strap
The Surly Junk Strap is essentially a super long (48″) nylon toe clip strap. Toe clip straps are those straps which wrap around the rear edge of a pedal, through the eye of the toe clip and are cinched down to hold the rider’s foot in place. Not too many people use this type of […]

Crossing Crutcher Crossing: Bikepacking Overnighter
It’s Friday afternoon about 4:30 and I’m in the weeds. I’ve had pretty steady walk in traffic  and I am just starting to fulfill the online orders which came in today. Don’t get me wrong; these are good problems and I really appreciate every customer. But I’m tired, and the thought of going to a […]

Installing Berthoud Fenders on the Surly Disc Trucker
A bicycle with disc brakes can present some challenges when it comes to attaching fenders and, sometimes, racks. Especially tricky is the front wheel where the brake caliper is bolted onto the adapter on the back side of the left fork blade. In my experience the Gilles Berthoud stainless steel fenders are the perfect fender […]

The Best Bikepacking Bike Part II: Luggage
By now, hopefully you’ve had time to digest our introductory post and are ready to start equipping your mountain bike for bikepacking!  The best bike in the world won’t do you much good if you can’t carry the things you need to survive and thrive when you’re out on the trail for days at a […]

More on Dynamo Lights
Lately we have been selling and installing more dynamo powered headlights and tail lights from Busch & Muller and Schmidt as well as a few from Supernova. This post will cover some mounting options and some tail light wiring details. We have the Nitto Lamp Holder for Nitto M-18 and M-1 racks. There is a […]

Rollin’ Fatties in the Snake River Canyon
Late February might not normally be a time one could expect to find dry conditions in the Snake River Canyon.  Blame climate change or just call it good luck but a long spell of dry and unseasonably warm weather in the middle part of the month has resulted in excellent trail conditions throughout much of […]

The Best Bikepacking Bike is the One you Already Own: Part I
As interest in bikepacking and off-road bicycle travel has grown, many bike makers are offering machines that claim to be optimized for the task. We should know, as Surly’s line is full of bikes like the ECR that are ideal vehicles for pedal-powered exploration. This level of specialization in bicycles can be a good thing […]

How to Load a Touring Bike.
I have a strong memory of my first overnighter on “Bernard” my Gilles Berthoud Adventure Touring Bike.  I loaded him up the same way I had always loaded “Sky” my Rivendell Bleriot.  I pushed off and on the first small down hill immediately noticed a pronounced shimmy in the front wheel. WTH?,  I got off […]

Trials of the Owyhee
When we arrived at the trailhead we were a hardy band of 16 or 17, many of whom were venturing into this high desert landscape for the first time.  After several weeks of cloudy, wet and often icy winter weather in the Treasure Valley, we were primed and ready for a sunny day in the […]

A Ride With The General
A couple of weeks ago – while the Bike Hermit and Sky King were out gallavanting around west Texas – a longtime customer from McCall called the shop.  He introduced himself as Chris but I’m told he’s known as “The General” in certain circles.  He was heading to Boise for a long weekend to escape […]