Gallery: John Climaldi’s Surly Travelers Check

My new ride is something you might like, a Surly Travelers Check with S&S Machine couplers. I have kitted the bike out with pounded Honjo Fenders, Chris King headset and bottom bracket, Velo Orange front rack with VO bag, Shimano Ultegra components (soon to be changed to down tube shifters for simplicity), and a Selle An-Atomica leather saddle and matching leather bar tape. To say that this is a comfortable ride is an understatement, this thing rivals some recumbents! I not going to kick the race bike to the curb just yet, but for 90% of the riding here on Oahu this bike is perfect. I would venture to say that this bike would be perfect for 90% of the people I see on race bikes!

Just so you know, My place of employment is a VO distributor for Velo Orange products as well as Selle An-Atomica here on the Island of Oahu. The shop is called Momentum MultiSport, and is located in the Kaimuki area. OK, sorry for the shameless plug, but I want to see some Hawaiian Randonneuring! —John

14 Responses to “Gallery: John Climaldi’s Surly Travelers Check”

  • Paul says:

    Oahu…died and went to heaven.

  • biggest dummy says:

    Hi What is the piece on the downtube above the crank? I assume this is the ‘coupler’ you refer to in your build specs?

    very nice ride, too

  • kevin E says:

    Nice bike John. How much for the S&S?
    I finally put the Xtracycle on my Bike last weekend. I love it.

  • ToddBS says:

    The Travelers Check is a really great concept – a full size folding bike. I just wish the price were different. The frameset runs about 2.75 times what the regular Cross Check frameset is.

  • biggest dummy says:

    Oh I see the top bar too :+)

  • Joel says:

    Wish I’d known about the shop a little while back – was on Oahu for 15 days for work and went stir-crazy without a bike. The TC looks great.

  • Barbara Kilts says:

    Beautiful bike, John – gotta love those Honjos, I just love staring at them on my old touring bike… All I can do now : no riding upright or recumbent after getting t-boned by a car last weekend. Fractured collarbone is keeping me off the bikes, crap!


  • Randall says:

    If you do any traveling do the fenders have to be removed to fit in the case?

  • John Climaldi says:

    The fenders will be removed along with the rack and packed separately. The hardest part of the whole build was getting the front rack fitted along with the front fender. The rack comes with clean tabs (no holes) for a custom fit, but now that everything fits so well it should be no problem removing and installing. BTW, had a nice 112 mile ride on the bike yesterday with my race club. Went really fast for the first 1/2 with the pack, then decided to take it easy on the second 1/2. A Huli Huli chicken stop in Haleiwa, then smoothies by the beach in Laie. Hmmmm, look at a team members arse for 2 hours or the beautiful scenery of the North Shore. Tough choice!

  • John Climaldi says:

    I love the Honjo’s to Barbara. Warmest aloha to you, get well soon!!!

  • John Climaldi says:

    Oh, just one more thing. Todd, if you think about how much the couplers are to retro fit to another bike, then the cost of the Travelers Check really is a good deal. I travel 5 times a year to the mainland and Japan, and travel a bunch inter-island. It was a no brainer for me, and a value at a retail of $1100. Just a thought.

  • ToddBS says:

    If you want a full size bike to travel with, I suppose so. You can get a complete Bike Friday Tikit for around that cost though. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge Surly fan myself. I just don’t travel that much so the bike isn’t that high up on my priority list.

  • Jack says:

    I have a Travelers Check as well. Great ‘do it all’ bike! I’ve toured with it. Done organized rides with it and casual day rides. It’s not a perfect bike for doing just any one thing, but a very good bike for a lot of different things.

    I’m enjoying your blog,

  • Phil says:

    John, did you have the (gorgeous) bike built up in Oahu? That’s one of my options for getting a Travelers Check, and I’m interested to find out if you used a local bike shop.



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