Sunday, August 24, 2014

First Long Ride with my Surly Troll

Shurley on a dirt/gravel trail on our way to Minalungao Park

Bike & Gear:
- Surly CroMoly steel
- CroMoly stel fork tapered straight blade
- Kenda 26 x 1.95" tires
- Deore 3 x 9 groupset, disc brakes
- Upright handlebar

H2O
- 3 Camelback water bottles

Storage
- Topeak top tube bag
- Larga handlebar bag
- Wenger shoulder bag

Saddle
- Brooks leather saddle (blue)

Lights
- 2 handlebar lights
- Rear light
- Helmet rear light

Geek Items
- iPod 320GB player
- X-Mini speaker
- Thumbox powerbank 7800 mAh
- Nokia Lumia 625 w/ GPS tracking, Endomondo app, Maps
- Charger

Stuff
- 4 Neozep, 4 Imodium, 4 Biogesic, couph drops
- Wet wipes
- Sun screen
- toiletries
- Wallet, money, IDs

Repair/Maintenance
- Mini air pump
- Patch repair kit
- Multi-tool
- Wrench
- Spare tube

Map
- Endomomondo GPS map

SHURLEY, MY LOVE, SO SWEET...

I bought my Surly Troll last Saturday (Aug 16th) at Bikezilla, and spent the next several days setting it up for our long ride to Nueva Ecija.


I gave her the name Shurley, because she's one sexy beast.

The trip to Minalungao Park was the perfect ride to put Shurley through her paces, since it would be several kilometers of road from Manila to Gapan, and then a couple more kilometers of dirt and loose gravel trails towards Minalungao.

She turned out to be one hell of a dependable and comfortable ride.

I was expecting my arms to be aching with all the bumps I'd be hitting along the way, but the steel frame was absorbing all the heavy impacts, and it held together very well. Didn't hear or notice any loose fittings or wayward gears and shifting throughout the grueling ride, and I wasn't worried about anything the entire time.


Uphill climbs were surprisingly smooth and easy. The bike just felt solid and responsive and I had a big stupid grin on my face for enjoying this lovely ride.

I was able to attack the loose gravel trail with relative ease. I knew I had to be more careful given my fixed fork situation but Shurley handled to trail well and kept me comfortable by absorbing a lot of the bumps along the way.

I have a small-size frame, so it was easy to stow Shurley in the bottom compartment of the bus on the bus ride back home. I just had to remove my front tire (quick release), and then shove the whole thing in there and that was that.


BROOKS, THANK YOU FOR THE SWEET ASS RIDE...

The Brooks saddle was just icing on the cake. I've never felt more comfortable. After more than 170 kilometers in 2 days, I have absolutely no saddle sore!

LARGA, FINALLY, YOU WERE WORTH THE MONEY...

I didn't bother using the Larga seat bag because I bought previously because it turned out to be flimsy, sub-standard.


The Larga handlebar bag though was worth the money. It held together quite nicely and I didn't see any tear in its material or stitching.