Every adventure calls for a trusty steed…
After all, one can only venture as far as their preferred mode of transport can safely carry them. For some that’s their own two feet, others choose cars or trucks, trading access to the smallest trails for the comfort, speed and convenience of a larger vehicle. And I’m not one to disparage the great automobile; in the USA, where the infrastructure has been moulded by the car for over 100 years, many of the country’s great sights are reachable on four wheels. For me it’s the humble bicycle that bridges the gap - covering daily distances that would be unimaginable on foot while permitting access to an assortment of tracks, trails and wilderness that is off limits to even the toughest 4x4 vehicles due to their size. Here’s a run down of my setup…
Frame: Surly Ogre 29er (The big, steel brother of the Troll frame)
Wheels: Custom 29” by PT Cycles. Stans Arch MK3 rims, Hope hubs.
Tyres: Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.35” (front), Schwalbe Racing Ralph 2.35” (rear).
Seatpost: Cane Creek Thudbuster ST, medium insert (highly recommended!)
Saddle: Various Brooks models
Pedals: Hope F20
Handlebars: Jones H-Bar (Loop) with ESI Chunky silicone grips.
Rear Rack: Tubus Logo
Front Rack: Surly 24 Pack
Rear Panniers: Swift Industries Jr. Ranger
Front Bag: Surly Porteur House
Frame Bag: Surly Mountain Frame Bag
Cockpit Bag: Alpkit Fuel Pod Medium
Rear Roll Bag: Ortlieb 22L Waterproof Roll Sack
It’s hard to set off for adventure these days without modern technology having your back to some extent. Here are the bicycle-specific items.