Empowering The Bicycle Traveler

Drivetrain

A Tale of Chain Suck By replacing my chain and the middle ring on my triple Sugino touring crankset I thought my problems would be solved. The chain would now drop smoothly from the middle ring to the small ring without hanging up on the bottom of the middle ring, getting dragged around and over Read More

When To Replace a Worn Wheel Rim

It's early morning in Moab, Utah when the still air is violated by the sound of a small explosion and the clang of scraping metal. My friend's rear wheel has come apart and is a twisted jumble of aluminum rim, steel spokes and rubber. For the first time, I realize that soft rubber brake pads Read More

Wide Rims

A customer needed a new front wheel for the new Straggler fork on his Cross Check. He wanted a disc brake on front for single track riding and the Straggler fork is very close to the Cross Check fork geometry-wise. I built up the wheel using a Surly Ultra New hub and the DT Swiss Read More

Summer Love – Maxxis Chronicle 29+

Indeed, Sky King has a new love. I happen to be quite spoiled and spend many happy hours on my " Excellent Creative Riding" machine also known as the "Extremely Cool Ride" and for those of you who don't know me, just call it my Surly ECR. We ventured out in August for a S24O Read More

Touring and Trekking Tire Trends

At the 2014 Interbike trade show, it seemed to us that 27.5" (a 650b by any other name would ride as sweet), so called "29+" and fatbike tires are gaining traction with manufacturers and with consumers. As fans of the 29+ wheel/tire combo as on the Surly ECR we were excited about the number of Read More