Surly Disc Trucker in the winter

My Trek 3500 is the bike no one takes seriously. Probably because it was $250 (yes, one zero) brand new. It's bottom of the barrel Trek, but it's nimble and quick and fun to ride simply for the looks I get. I most often use it as a "townie" bike, pulling the girls in the Burley and sometimes playing in our local mountain bike park, it even sometimes gets up to Lair 'o the Bear for some sweet singletrack. By the looks I get riding it you'd think I was riding a Murray. If I even talk to anyone about cool trails on this bike people starting rolling their eyes.

I originally bought it as a commuter that I could throw on the front rack of mass transit buses without crying too much if the bus rear-ended someone and crushed it. I quickly realized I'd rather ride the whole way however rather than sit on the bus.

So for a short time it had a stint as a singlespeed. This is where it lost it's original rear wheel. I couldn't space out the cheap cassette that it came with and the freewheel wasn't anything I could work with either.

It later became a 1x8, mostly because I didn't have a front derailleur sitting around and it just seemed like it would be easier. I quickly realized you need a chainkeeper for that though, so I found one.

Some other highlights of this "beast":

  • '70s sidewall bottle dynamo
  • Nokian NBX Lite tire back from my Leadville Trail 100 days
  • Flat pedals
  • Copper cranks Chris Plesko¬†and I powdercoated at his work
  • A crappy Blackburn rack
  • A Frankenshock created from parts from two shot Rock Shox Duke shocks
  • '70s Light and dynamo brackets

It still retains it's original "cheap" front wheel, which is nice and true despite a fair amount of off-road use and curb jumping. In the winter it gets a set of Nokian Hakka WXC 300 studded tires on a RhynoLite rims for those days when the Schwalbe Marathon Winters on my Surly Disc Trucker just aren't going to cut it.