Empowering The Bicycle Traveler

The Pilgrim And The Ogre

God’s first language is Silence. Everything else is a translation.
–Thomas Keating

The Bike Hermit’s alter-ego has been alive to witness April 17 fifty eight times as of today. In recognition a ceremonial excursion into the high desert has been planned. He will be taking Chief on a ride to Celebration Park south of Kuna tonight and then on to Swan Falls Dam on the Snake River before returning on Thursday. The chance of rain tonight and tomorrow is ever increasing and so the plan will have contingencies. There are less than 20 miles to cover between the two stopovers and so it should be workable even with the rain, although the preferred route along the Snake River to Swan Falls may not be passable if it rains too much, in which case an alternate route is available (at least I’m pretty sure there has to be a pub nearby).

loaded touring bike

Chief is chompin' at the bit.

Earlier, Travis came in to pick up his new Bob Yak trailer. His Surly Ogre frame is spaced for 135mm hubs, the ‘dropouts’ are just like Troll’s…rear load horizontals with a derailleur hanger, slotted disc brake mounts, M10 x 1mm threaded holes for mounting Surly Bill & Ted trailer-connecting hardware (or B.O.B. Nutz), and a dedicated anchoring point for a Rohloff OEM2 axle plate.

The right rear dropout on the Surly Ogre with a cut off section of solid steel axle inserted into the threaded trailer attachment hole

The Bob Nutz attached to the threaded axle bit.

Here is the Bob trailer attached to the Bob Nutz

The threaded holes in the dropouts will also accept the proprietary anchors for Surly’s own trailers, the Ted and the Bill. Like everything Surly these details are well thought out and very functional, which seems as though it should be easy to do but Surly is the only company that consistently gets it right i.m.h.o.

7 comments… add one
  • Pondero April 18, 2012, 5:50 am

    That Hilsen is SO ready. I hope the outing is as great as it sounds.

    • Sky King April 18, 2012, 7:53 am

      As I watched the water running down the street like a small river last night and the lightening flashing in the sky, I was hoping the Bike Hermit and Chief were staying dry.

  • Don April 20, 2012, 3:17 pm

    A little downpour would have added a nice patina to that new front bag your sportin’ there, it looks like the one accessory with less than 10K miles of rain and shine on it!

    • Bike Hermit April 20, 2012, 4:56 pm

      Luckily I had my shelter set up before the serious rain….both nights.

  • coupon June 3, 2012, 11:14 pm

    what a great bike, thanks Jim!!!!!!!

  • dan September 17, 2014, 6:26 am

    Could you tell me where you bought the bolts to attach the Bob nuts? I’m having a hard time locating them.

    • Bike Hermit™ September 17, 2014, 7:46 am

      They are M10 x 1mm solid bicycle axles which have been cut to length. Try the local Schwinn shop.


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