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June 27, 2015

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We’ve had a gaggle of Canadian visitors in the shop today.  They’ve reminded us of an important adage:  anything but apathetic.  No apathy in the bike shop (eh)!  That button is on point!

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In case you didn’t know, we are now an official Surly dealer.  Surly has a long history of pushing the envelope and creating frames that are multipurpose and fun.  They can be credited with the mass development of the fat bike and 29+ markets and have never shied away from being a little out there.  Out there is good.

Many folks are familiar with the Cross Check, Long Haul Trucker and Karate Monkey.  Each of these models have solidified Surly’s place as a best in class model in their respective categories.  The Cross Check is the jack of all trades, likely the most popular model Surly has created.  The LHT has all but cornered the market on production touring bikes and is now available as a disc-equipped model.  The Karate Monkey has long been considered a front runner for a solid all around 29er that is equally satisfied ss or geared, rigid or with a front suspension.

While the Cross Check certainly is no race cx bike it can be a great bike for off road endeavors.  Still, those of us who spend a lot of time riding gravel, dirt roads or mixing it up by riding single track on non mountain bikes can find a few aspects of the Cross Check that leave it with room for improvement.

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Enter the Straggler.  The Straggler is similar to the Cross Check in too many ways to make it worth delving into.  The most noticeable differences are the disc brake tabs over v-brake studs, the dedicated 135mm rear spacing (making it easy to swap your mtb or disc cx wheels in should that be a selling point), and a tweaked geometry.  The Straggler drops the bottom bracket an additional 6mm to 72mm.  Add to this variable chain stay lengths for different frame sizes and the Straggler achieves a much more stable ride quality more akin to a road bike but with the ability to handle a wider tire like the Cross Check.  Surly opted to keep with a semi-horizontal drop out so geared or ss use is easily accommodated.  Lastly, the Straggler is available in both 700c and 650b platform frames.  This not only allows smaller riders an equally smaller wheel size and thus allows their smallest frame/complete bike (a 38cm!) a more friendly stand over clearance, but also allows each of us to indulge in our inner retro grouch.

The gallery below is an example of the 700c offering in their ‘glitter dreams’ color way.  In typical Surly fashion the bike is also available in black.

June 26, 2015

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In honor of the USWNT facing off against China this evening (watch it! support our women!) we leave you with a little bit of ‘mericuh.  Ride safe this weekend!  In the meantime take a look at this Outpost…

 

 

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Get out and support a more pedestrian friendly Nashville.  Mayor Karl Dean and Walk Bike Nashville are hosting Open Streets Nashville tomorrow from 11a-2p on 11th Ave. in The Gulch.  This is an awesome event that will have streets completely closed and open to pedestrian, bicycle and alternative means of transportation.  Swing out, bring your friends/family and have some good fun!  For more information click here.

June 18, 2015

 

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Nashville Art Collective, Creek will be revealing their newest project located on our community bench east wall tomorrow night starting at 7p. All are welcome!