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.
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.
Last week we spent a quality day changing a frame on a cross-country (or XC for short) bicycle and we thought of recording it since it was a nice day and all. The donor was a 2008 GT Avalanche 1.0 that had done it’s job and we swapped most of the parts from it to… Continue reading Changing the frame in 4 minutes
Ah, the eternal question – what kind of bicycle should you have. The forums are full of these questions, people asking about a specific type of bike wanting to know if that’s good enough for them. But not many people really think about what kind of bike they should have. First of all, there are… Continue reading 5 questions for finding the right bike
Cyclocross (or CX for short) bikes are very trendy at this moment – even my ultimate commuter will be built on a cyclocross frame, but what’s all the fuss with them? We take a look at German manufacturer Focus and their Mares Rush model, the kind of bike people will buy. But to understand what… Continue reading Cyclocross on a budget: Focus Mares Rush Ltd
This week I was supposed to write about me building my ultimate commuter, but as I just finished talking with the shop in Germany – they still don’t have my frame and it should arrive this week. I sure hope it does, since it’s my last holiday week next week and it would be nice… Continue reading From the editor: What happened in July
Biking has evolved quite a bit in the last ten years, it has gone from mainstream utilitarianism towards a more self-expressive direction. While bikes have in my opinion always been more than just objects or modes of transportation, they’ve lacked the certain mainstream flair and admiration like cars have for example. Finns have made their… Continue reading Bicycles with love: Pelago
We already spoke about shoes in our post about, well, biking with the right shoes – and this time we’re taking a look on budget biking shoes that connect to the clipless Shimano PD-M520 pedals we talked about yesterday: The entry-level Shimano SH-M063 shoes. The shoes themselves are very simple: They have a hard sole,… Continue reading On a budget: Shimano SH-M063 SPD bicycle shoes
If you’re not an avid biker, you probably might not know what a clipless pedal is. Even their name is a bit confusing, as it originally meant that “It is not a toe clip pedal, so it’s clipless” and people just continued calling it that. You might have spotted these small, funny looking pedals on… Continue reading On a budget: Shimano PD-M520 clipless pedals
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