Surly Straggler: 1,000 Mile Review

Last year, after much research, consultation, and deliberation, I purchased a custom built road touring bike.  I recently completed my first 1,000 miles on this creation and have decided to mark the occasion with a review of the bike, the build choices, and the resulting performance.

This was spurred by two factors:  First, being an unconventional build, I’ve often fielded questions about the choices made and their effects.  Second, much of my research prior to starting this build was based on others’ first hand reports of similar projects.  I am grateful for the wealth of knowledge shared and want to contribute back to the cycling community. Continue Reading →