Gallery: Brandon’s Surly Bill Trailer

Brandon's Surly Trailer
Brandon's Surly Trailer

Brandon submitted photos of his Civia Bryant for our Gallery last week. In his note, he mentioned that he sold his car and that he’d be pulling a Surly trailer behind his bike for general utility and even for transporting his mountain bike to the races. These photos are the follow-up. Very cool!

Gallery: Rafael’s Sparton ST500

Rafael's Bike
Rafael's Bike

[Rafael sent us these photos of his Sparton. —ed.]

This my everyday do it all bike. I ride it everywhere, going to college, getting groceries, going to the gym. My daily commute to college is around 10 miles, and with the rest of the daily deals the bike gets ridden an average of 70 miles per week. Right now I carry everything I need in a backpack but I plan on adding a front basket to it sometime. The bike is simple, gets me around town rather quickly, is very comfortable, and a lot of fun to ride.

The specs are:

  • Frame: Sparton ST 500
  • Fork: Sparton ST 500
  • Stem: Nitto Perl
  • Handlebar: Nitto northroad (bought after reading about it on your blog, thanks for all the info)
  • Rims: Vzan Team Flyer 32h (made in Brazil) front and rear
  • Rear Hub: Chosen 32h threaded for fixed cogs on both side
  • Front Hub: Chose 32h
  • Saddle: Selle Italia Turbo
  • Seatpost: Kalloy, the only one they had in 26.0 at the LBS
  • Crankset: Sugino XD 165mm with a 46t ring
  • Cog: Euro – asia cog 19t
  • Lockring: Super beefy one made by a local machinist, tightens nicely without the need for a lockring specific tool.
  • Pedals: Shimano SPD M650
  • Chain: KMC 3/32″ bmx chain
  • Brake lever: Tektro RX 4.1
  • Chain Tensioner: MKS NJS tensioner
  • Bartape: Tioga


Gallery: Chuck’s Surly Long Haul Trucker

Chuck's LHT
Chuck's LHT

[Chuck sent us these photos of his Surly LHT. —ed.]

Here is a photo of my year-round commuter which I use here in Boulder, CO. I have a 15 mile commute and during the winter it is quite dark. I use some serious lighting, both dyno powered and battery powered. I ran out of handlebar room so I added a second tier of mounting space. It’s not the lightest bike out there but it is always out there!

About the build:

  • Surly Long Haul Trucker frame
  • Ultegra 6604 Triple crankset (52/39/30)
  • Ultegra triple front deraileur
  • XT 9 spd cassette (11-34)
  • Sram X-9 rear deraileur
  • XT rear hub
  • Shimano Ultegra front dynamo hub w/ Planet Bike dynamo light (since been replaced with Busch & Muller CYO Lumitec)
  • Velocity AeroHeat rims
  • Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires
  • XT V-brakes (parallel push)
  • Avid Speed Dial SL brake levers
  • Sram Double-Tap 9 spd shifter for rear
  • DuraAce downtube shifter for front
  • Scott bullhorn bars
  • Ritchie WCS Pro headset
  • Jandd Expedition rear rack
  • Blackburn front rack
  • Planet Bike fenders
  • Planet Bike Protoge 9.0 computer
  • Niterider MiNewt 700 Dual head lights
  • Velo Orange seat post
  • Terry FlyTi saddle (since been replaced with a dark tan Brooks B68)
  • Look PP296 Racing pedals
  • Blackburn Mars 4.0 tail light (don’t be looking at it when you turn it on lest you will be seeing red stars for a while)


Gallery: Jordan’s Stop Cycles Proletariat

Jordan's Stop Cycles Proletariat
Jordan's Stop Cycles Proletariat

[Jordan sent us these photos of his custom Stop Cycles Proletariat. —ed.]

I wanted to share my bike with you as your photos inspired me to go and build my dream bike. The parts were selected for 90% low maintenance and 10% style. Built as a low maintenance commuter bike for getting around, getting groceries, and hauling all the stuff that I end up with on family bike outings.

  • Frame: Stop Cycles Proletariat 2010, Large
  • Drive: Gates Carbon Drive Belt — 118T
  • Crank: Single Speeder with 50T Gates Pulley
  • Bottom Bracket: FSA Mega EXO External Bearing; some online reviews pan these, but a 1/3 the price of Phil Wood, I was willing to give them a try. I am at 2000 miles and see no problems, but there maybe an upgrade in the future if the buzz on the internet is true.
  • Cranks: FSA Gossamar
  • Rear Hub: Shimano Alfine with Gates 24T Pulley
  • Front hub: Shimmano Alfine Dynamo
  • Light: Lumotec LED
  • Brakes: Avid Juicy 3.5
  • Seat: Brooks B17; yes, all the hype is for a reason, the saddle just keeps getting more comforatable.
  • Front Rack: Minoura Gamoh; sized for 700c and weighs a hefty 5 lbs but I have no trouble carrying 40 lbs.
  • Rear Rack: PDW Payload Rear Rack, Bamboo. Looks great, but lacks rear support for larger panniers. Works fine on smaller loads.
  • Handlebar: FSA Metropolis
  • Headset: Crank Bros
  • Pedals: Crank Bros Mallet; this was my last purchase and I could not resist the matching green.
  • Tires: Schwalbe Marathon Supreme 700 x 28; great reflective strip.


Gallery: Jeff’s GT Outpost

GT Outpost

[Jeff sent us this photo of his GT Outpost. —ed.]

Let me first start by saying I absolutely love ecovelo I visit multiple times a day. I Stumbled upon it a couple of months ago and it has inspired me to build up an old frame I had been holding on to. I bought this ’93 GT Outpost from a bike shop when I was 12. This is my first build. A lot of the parts have been reused from my spare parts bin. There are a lot of things I still want to do to this bike… It is very much a work in progress. I would still like to get a Brown B17 with matching Brooks grips, Fenders and appropriate tires. I ride just about every day, but I am only able to commute on Thursday and Friday due to the day care stiuation with the kids.

Thanks for the Site!!


Gallery: Doug’s Custom Belt Drive Surly Cross Check

Doug's Belt Drive Surly Cross Check
Doug's Belt Drive Surly Cross Check
Doug's Belt Drive Surly Cross Check

[Doug sent us these photos of his custom, belt drive Surly Cross Check. —ed.]

When I decided to convert a bike to belt drive, something I’ve been thinking about since I first learned about the Gates Carbon Drive back in 2007, a Cross Check retrofit was my first choice. I bought a new 2010 Surly Cross Check frame from Ben’s Cycle in Milwaukee. It originally came in a Beef Gravy Brown color. Dave Wages from Ellis Cycles picked up the frame for me and took it to be dipped and stripped. He then cut the right rear seat stay and installed a Paragon Machine Works stainless steel tube splitter to accommodate the belt installation. This was a challenge as the seat stays taper quite a bit. He had to locate the splitter just below the brake mount. Even then he had to remove some material from the splitter on a lathe to make it fit into the seat stay tubing on the lower side. While he had it, I also had him braze on some low rider rack mounts on the forks (these now come standard on Cross Check’s). After Dave was done, I asked him to ship it to a painter in the Twin Cities area to have the orange powder coat applied. I also used this painter for my Xtracycle conversion back in 2007. I changed the model name from Cross Check to Belt Check. It’s not an official Surly model. Note that I voided any warranty on the frame as soon as Dave cut into it.

I had hoped it would be the perfect winter commuter bicycle with the Gates Belt Drive. I learned the hard way during the first real snowstorm I rode in that the rear sprocket made for the Nexus and Alfine internally geared hubs does not shed snow as advertised. Snow quickly built up on the sprocket and quickly discharged the belt right off. Other winter riders have experienced the same issue when riding in snow with the Gates Carbon Drive. Gates upcoming new Centertrack design should solve this issue. I rode with a chain drive the rest of the winter. Now that it is Spring, the belt drive is back on and I’m looking forward to riding with it.

Some component highlights for this build include:

  • Gates 118 tooth belt
  • Rear sprocket 24 tooth
  • Front sprocket 50 Tooth
  • Crank: Sugino double JIS square taper
  • Pedals: Shimano PD-A530
  • Brakes: Paul Component Touring Canti
  • Saddle: WTB SST
  • Handle Bars: Nitto Noodle
  • Brake Levers: Cane Creek SCR-5
  • Stem & seat post: from the parts bin
  • Front Hub: Shimano Deore XT
  • Rear Hub: 8-spd Shimano Nexus IGH
  • Rims: Salsa Delgado
  • Fenders: VO Zeppelin 52mm
  • Tires Winter: Schwalbe Winter Marathon 700 x 40
  • Tires Summer: Schwalbe Marathon Plus 700 x 35
  • DT shifter boss covers: Problem Solvers Shifter Boss Covers
  • Rear Rack: Civia Hyland

Doug Robertson

Gallery: Krishna’s Rivendell Sam Hillborne

Krishna's Sam Hillborne

[Wow, this has been the month for Gallery submissions. After averaging just a few per month over the winter, this is the 9th submission for April and we’re only half way through the month (it must be spring). Keep ‘em coming! —ed.]

This entry is from our friend Krishna. He’s getting ready to depart on a springtime tour down the coast from Seattle to San Francisco. After researching and prepping for a couple of years, he decided upon a Rivendell Sam Hillborne for the trip. He recently took delivery of a 56cm Waterford-built Sam with a double top tube and custom paint touches. It’s a pretty bike that should serve him well on his trip. Once he’s back home the Riv will make a great transpo and utility bike for commuting and grocery hauling. We met up today so I could see the bike and take a few snap shots (shown here).

Krishna's Sam Hillborne
Krishna's Sam Hillborne
Krishna's Sam Hillborne
Krishna's Sam Hillborne
Krishna's Sam Hillborne

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