Surly First Ride

Posted: July 2, 2009 in Uncategorized
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Having picked up the new bike last Friday the weather has been to bad to take her out, so tonight I decided to do a quick trip around the river, into the City and back around.

Just really to test out all the components, make sure everything was working how it should do.  Plus get chance to see how it performs on the road.

First thing I noticed was simply how comfortable the bike is.  The upright position offers comfort that is just not available on a full blown road bike, such as my daily commuter.  The big wheels also run smooth with very little rolling resistance.  The XT hubs also add to a very smooth ride.

The frame handles very well, offering great bump absorption from the steel construction. The chunky tyres also aid in this in comparison to the skinnies on my road bike.

Gearing is nice.  Offering a wide range of ratios for every thing that touring can throw at you, there were not many hills on tonights little ride but I got the idea and noticed how easy the hills are spinning in an easy gear.

Tomorrow I will be taking the bike out for a longer ride probably around 100k or so.  I will then update the post with more detail.


Above :- Just getting onto the cycle way in Como, great sky at night

Surly first test ride

Above :- The sky wheel in Perth City

Above :- The map

The motionx file can be downloaded here Surly first test ride

Details from the ride are also below

Name: Surly first test ride
Date: 02/07/2009 5:45 pm
Distance: 17.8 kilometers
Elapsed Time: 57:26.0
Avg Speed: 18.6 km/h
Max Speed: 45.5 km/h
Avg Pace: 03′ 13″ per km
Min Altitude: 4 m
Max Altitude: 19 m
Start Time: 2009-07-02T09:45:04Z
Start Location:
Latitude: 31.989982º S
Longitude: 115.874027º E
End Time: 2009-07-02T10:42:30Z
End Location:
Latitude: 31.989705º S
Longitude: 115.873647º E
  1. Andrew says:


    Good to see you got out on the Surly. How did you find the weight?
    Do you feel that it is a slower ride?


  2. craig says:

    Its obviously slower due to the extra weight, although I have to say I found it pretty nippy for the type of bike it is.

    I found myself in no hurry riding it though.

    Do you commute on yours?

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