Lately I have been going on about the excellent touring right from our door here in northern VT. Some of you may be wondering, "what about me? I want to go explore the wild west or get out of the country all together". If you have ever tried to travel with your bike you know what a hassle it can be. Well, not anymore. Surly has taken their beloved touring bike, the Long Haul Trucker, and added S&S couplers allowing you to easily separate the frame into two pieces for convenient packing.
Our friend Brooke Scatchard stopped in the shop the other day to share his recent modifications made to his Rolling Daryl tires. For the front he has taken some clear garden hose and cut it up and riveted it to create a paddle effect. He says they really bite in the corners and help him stay up right.
We recently sold a Salsa Mukluk, the 27 Speed, Aluminum equivalent to the Surly Pugsley. The customer has already put plenty of miles on the bike, and - as he told us during a visit in the shop today - LOVES the thing! When checking the bike over and giving the gears a couple of 'post-first-ride' tweaks we noticed something odd about the 'Rolling Darryl' rims of the Mukluk: