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
After all these years of road cycling and mountain-biking you start to believe in “certainties” if it comes to bike equipment and components. Mavic wheels are the best price/quality buy, Formula disc brakes are always reliable and Schwalbe rubbers protect you against all obstacles on your journey. However the world is constantly evolving and so… Continue reading Schwalbe Ultremo Test
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!
Since I managed to mangle my wheels yesteday, I’ll have to take them to be trued and while I’m at it, I’m going to put studded tires on them. We all rode bikes to school and everywhere when we were kids, even during the winter and it was awesome. Sliding and throwing your tail as… Continue reading Winter commuting: Which studded winter tires?
A few weeks back I wrote about the rolling parts of the Ultimate Commuter and when writing that post, I already had had my first flat with the Michelin City tyres. Today, noticing that I actually had a puncture with a gaping hole in the Michelin tyres, I lost faith in them and decided to… Continue reading Bulletproof: Continental Travel Contact 700 x 37c tyres
We look at the rolling side of the Ultimate Commuter – the wheels. Hubs, spokes, rims and tyres. Sometimes they break, and that happened to me as well on the third day of riding them.