As my Surly was built originally to be the Ultimate Commuter, moving to the city has created new needs. It’s not about having the best overall performance, but some comfort is appreciated as well. Helsinki is full of very irritating cobble stones and tram tracks and they are hell to ride on, no matter the… Continue reading Surly Cross Check with Fat 700x47c tires
There are only a few comedy laws, but most of them involve the Monty Python troupe. Since it’s Easter, we wanted to be a bit sillier than usual, so we are giving you the classic Bicycle repair man sketch from Monty Python’s Flying Circus that came out about 50 years ago, which you can see… Continue reading Friday video: Bicycle repair man with Monty Python
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… Continue reading The Surly is back home!
It’s been a long time since I’ve seen the sun. It’s been even longer since I’ve taken a ride in the sun. Today was sunny, after a refreshing rain shower. I learned that there’s one thing more slippery than wet wood. Carbon soles on wet wood. The annoying thing is that I was carrying my… Continue reading November sucks: Slippery when wet
If you’re read our blog before, you know that I just got my helmet camera from GoPro a week ago and finally had the time to edit a short clip of a ride in quite terrible weather in November. As I’ve already mentioned, this month is probably the worst for riding as there’s anything from… Continue reading Exclusive video: Cycling in November sucks
When I wrote my first post, I had already been cycling for a few weeks. Well, I had been at least trying hard, but it seemed like the gods of cycling were seriously trying to keep me away from the saddle. When I took my first proper fall in years, I had to spend a… Continue reading Archives: Ups and downs
I have to say, I was so excited to build my first bicycle and our mission was to get it done as soon as possible – my enthusiasm took over and I hardly took any photos. Also, it was a dark night and even my fast lens couldn’t catch our doings in the dark. Luckily,… Continue reading For dummies: How to build a bicycle
We take a look at the heart of the Ultimate Commuter Markus is building, the 2010 Surly Cross Check frame set in beef gravy brown and we like it’s soft ride and a sturdy personality.
The summer holiday is over, and we’re back to our daily routines with commuting. We had the storm of the century here on Sunday, so it was still a bit wet on Monday, but it still felt good. I’ve never been good at going from place A to place A, I think I’m a commuter… Continue reading Commute like there’s a tomorrow
UPDATE: The finished Ultimate Commuter is here. Finding the right bicycle for you can be really, really difficult. That’s if you’re looking for complete bikes, that is. I spent weeks searching and researching, and the last two days were even worse, spending more time on the computer than on the road while texting with my… Continue reading Ultimate Commuter: Custom Surly Cross Check