Cycle Gear

Surly Ogre (that’s the bicycle, not me) on the Mather Memorial Parkway, WA, USA.

Surly Ogre (that’s the bicycle, not me) on the Mather Memorial Parkway, WA, USA.


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.

  • Front Light: CatEye Volt 800

  • Rear Light: CatEye Rapid Mini (using the Rear Rack Bracket)

  • Phone Mount: Quad Lock Out Front. Having survived numerous drops and crashes, it’s convinced me that it’s not going to let go of my phone under any circumstances.