What Exactly is the Surly Pack Rat?

What is the Surly Pack Rat? Well that’s a question a lot of people have been asking since a photo was leaked courtesy of Mr. Pubes a few weeks ago. Yes, it’s got rim brakes, and according to Surly, the geometry’s been optimized for riding with a front load and to reduce toe overlap.

That means it’ll ship with 650×42 tires on the larger sizes, and 26×1.5″ on the smaller sizes. With a 44mm fork offset it’s not a low trail bike, but it does have a relatively steep head angle compared to other bikes in those sizes – 74º on the 650b bikes and 72.5º on the 26″ bikes.

This whole conversation is a minefield, so… jump on in! Surly’s got a huge blog post up about it, so head on over there and dig in if you’re into it.

Dec 1, 2017 51 comments
Death Valley Prospectors

For over a hundred years, Death Valley has had its minerals extracted by machine and mule. Not just for gold and silver, either. Prospectors scoured the mountains for antimony, copper, lead, zinc, and tungsten, packing out their load by mule. We are modern day Prospectors, however, we are not seeking riches, yet experiences, of which will be beaten into our soul by miles of washboarded and rocky roads. Our mules are our bicycles and we’ll take only photos, leaving no trace, taking nothing from this land. It’s given enough over the decades and its scars are still visible on the surface.

There’s no death in this valley, but life, at a micro scale, so nuanced that without the pace of the bicycle, might be passed over, unnoticed. These next ten days, I’ll be embarking on a series of rides in Death Valley National Park, with a varying cast of characters, with one thing on the agenda: sharing this natural beauty with you and documenting these routes for the next prospectors to mine memories.

Last night, the trip began with caching water and wood for our first expedition… Stay tuned.

Nov 30, 2017 3 comments
Chocolate Spokes: A Film About Bicycles

Brendan Leonard of Semi-Rad has done a lot of work in adventure filmmaking, but had never shot and edited a short film all on his own. Chocolate Spokes, featuring Gregory Crichlow and his shop in Denver, CO, is Brendan’s first crack, and it’s damn good. Read the backstory at Semi-Rad.com.

Nov 30, 2017 11 comments
Spurcycle’s Tool

IMO, there’s only one Tool, but the latest product from Spurcycle is giving the band a run for its money. Made in the USA from titanium, the Tool comes with a case and many, many bits. They’re up for pre-order now, with a pricepoint of $69. If the Tool performs like the Spurcycle bell, we’ve got a winner!

Nov 29, 2017 10 comments
Holy Mountain

Our good friend Jeff from Bike Jerks and this lil ol company called All-City just launched a new endeavor called Holy Mountain. His focus is handmade goods and right now, there are some small items up for grabs at his site, so head over to check it out. Congrats, Jeff! Big things have small beginnings.

Nov 28, 2017 4 comments
Yonder’s Hand Sign Socks

Socks, socks, socks! People love socks and Yonder Journal loves people. This is a match made in heaven! Check out their new Hand Sign socks with a trio of gestures, which fit your mood of the moment. In stock now at Yonder!

Nov 28, 2017 No comments yet
Brooks Cambium All Weather in Stock Now

For those looking to try out the Brooks Cambium “All Weather,” your local shop can now order them. These saddles are comfortable right out of the box, feature solid rails and a nylon back plate with loops for a saddle bag. Head to your local shop to order one today.

Nov 28, 2017 12 comments
Whitefish with Pete Costain

Pete Costain has been called the Godfather of Whitefish. He helped build many of the trails on Spencer Mountain before taking his company, Terraflow Trail Systems, full time in 2009, further expanding their trailbuilding networks.

Nov 28, 2017 No comments yet
the New Donhou DSS3 All Road Machine

Built and bred with either ‘cross racing or dirt road riding in mind, the new DSS3 from the UK’s Donhou Bicycles pushes new geometry design, with versatility in mind. Built from a mix of Columbus and Reynolds tubing, with customized paint, geometry and build kit options. Check out all the details and more photos below and see more at Donhou Bicycles.

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Nov 27, 2017 4 comments
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Chocolate Spokes: A Film About Bicycles

Brendan Leonard of Semi-Rad has done a lot of work in adventure filmmaking, but had never shot and edited a short film all on his own. Chocolate Spokes, featuring Gregory Crichlow and his shop in Denver, CO, is Brendan’s first crack, and it’s damn good. Read the backstory at Semi-Rad.com.

Nov 30, 2017 11 comments
Spurcycle’s Tool

IMO, there’s only one Tool, but the latest product from Spurcycle is giving the band a run for its money. Made in the USA from titanium, the Tool comes with a case and many, many bits. They’re up for pre-order now, with a pricepoint of $69. If the Tool performs like the Spurcycle bell, we’ve got a winner!

Nov 29, 2017 10 comments
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Holy Mountain

Our good friend Jeff from Bike Jerks and this lil ol company called All-City just launched a new endeavor called Holy Mountain. His focus is handmade goods and right now, there are some small items up for grabs at his site, so head over to check it out. Congrats, Jeff! Big things have small beginnings.

Nov 28, 2017 4 comments
Yonder’s Hand Sign Socks

Socks, socks, socks! People love socks and Yonder Journal loves people. This is a match made in heaven! Check out their new Hand Sign socks with a trio of gestures, which fit your mood of the moment. In stock now at Yonder!

Nov 28, 2017 No comments yet
Brooks Cambium All Weather in Stock Now

For those looking to try out the Brooks Cambium “All Weather,” your local shop can now order them. These saddles are comfortable right out of the box, feature solid rails and a nylon back plate with loops for a saddle bag. Head to your local shop to order one today.

Nov 28, 2017 12 comments
Whitefish with Pete Costain

Pete Costain has been called the Godfather of Whitefish. He helped build many of the trails on Spencer Mountain before taking his company, Terraflow Trail Systems, full time in 2009, further expanding their trailbuilding networks.

Nov 28, 2017 No comments yet
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the New Donhou DSS3 All Road Machine

Built and bred with either ‘cross racing or dirt road riding in mind, the new DSS3 from the UK’s Donhou Bicycles pushes new geometry design, with versatility in mind. Built from a mix of Columbus and Reynolds tubing, with customized paint, geometry and build kit options. Check out all the details and more photos below and see more at Donhou Bicycles.

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Nov 27, 2017 4 comments
D.FENDER’s V4 Dirty Road Fender

For those living in extra wet environments, the D.FENDER has made a leap from your mountain bike, onto your dirty road bike. The D.FENDER is made in the USA and designed to minimize spray. These are made for both rigid forks and the LAUF Grit and they’re in stock now at D.FENDER.

Nov 27, 2017 5 comments
Bombtrack’s BEYOND+ ADV 29+ Rigid Bikepacking Rig

Bombtrack is listening. They’re listening to their customers, their racers and the riders who want more from their bikepacking rigs. The BEYOND+ ADV 29+ takes everything learned over the years and pushes new boundaries with SRAM’s GX Eagle, a new, custom carbon fork and clearance for the chubbiest 29+ tires. Check out all the details below and holler at your local Bombtrack dealer for ordering.

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Nov 27, 2017 6 comments
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