Pictures worth a thousand words. It now has gears (3×9). And disc brakes. And h-bars. Wheels custom built by Niki at Mobius cycle – Surly hubs, three cross double butted spokes, DT Swiss rims. Easily one of the most comfortable bikes I own. Rolling on 2.35 inch Schwalbe Big Apples. Never had a 29er before – should be fun. Click the pic for the full gallery.
Okay seriously – I’m done buying bikes. This is number 4, and 3 of them are Surlys. Heh. Going camping weekend after this one – will probably bring this. Sheldon Brown said the Karate Monkey was the most versatile bike he’d ever seen. I believe it.
My stable now looks like this:
- Fast Bike – LeMond
- Daily Bike – Surly Pacer
- Haulin Stuff Long Distances Bike – Surly Long Haul Trucker
- 29er Mountain Bike – Surly Karate Monkey
In other news, I rode to work today. Not such a big deal, but feels like there are a lot of reasons to not ride and I seem to be taking them lately. It’s cold, it’s wet, I’m late, I don’t want to be sweaty at work today, I need to pick up groceries, I just don’t feel like it, I’m tired, the bus will be here in a second… I mean, the truth is there are a thousand reasons not to ride. There are ALWAYS a thousand reasons not to ride. Everyone else uses those excuses not to ride. I LIKE to ride – it’s easy to be lazy though. I guess that’s my main point. So I rode in today even though it was cold and raining and felt better for doing it. I seriously need to get back to doing it 5 days a week and not like 2 days a week. It’s not as if I don’t like it loads and loads. I totally do. I’m just being lazy and need to get over it.
Anyhow – riding bikes. Blah blah blah. Do it more.