The Surly is back home!

Freshly fixed at the soft hands of Ajomies

Ha ha! Great news of happy joy! My Ultimate Commuter is finally back home!

Even though I was wearing jeans and sneakers, the ride was very pleasant and nice, yet I’m already out of shape and it was cold as hell out there. But _still_ it was brilliant. No way any inside training tool can replace cycling. Luckily there wasn’t too much broken on the bike after my slip (which you can revisit here). The front rim had to be replaced (Mavic CXP33, $80) and a few other parts straightened.

In total the slip ended up costing me about 180 Euros or about $240, which isn’t that bad comparing what I was fearing.

While it was in the shop, I also had Ajomies (my LBS, post about it coming tomorrow!) change me some studded tires and I ended up going with Schwalbe’s Marathon Winters and you can see them in the photo above as well. The dent you can see in the slippery post will stay in the frame as a reminder. Here’s hoping it won’t affect the structure much.

See ya, I’m going biking.

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By Markus Sandelin

Markus is a bike commuter gadget freak who is learning the ropes of the bike world, you can find him all around the web - but you can start with his twitter at @banton.