Bikes: Big Decision
After a lot of back and forth on which bike, I went with the Surly ECR. Its a newly released 29er bike fully capable of swllowing 3 inches tires. Now few people have tried using it for long-term bike touring. I got my inspiration from this and this. The frame is made of chromoly that comes with enough braze-ons to satisfy any tourer’s insatiable appetite for attaching bottles cages, racks, mudguards and more bottles cages.
I put a Surly OD double crank with 20-34 chainring and a Shimano 12-36 cassette that I hope will be light enough to crank those pedals even on insanely steep inclines. It’s actually faster to walk the bike than using the 20-34 combo. But I prefer to spin my way out of those climbs than dismounting and pushing the bike. The rest of the group set are cannibalized from my old bike. They are a mix of Shimano XT and Sram 7.0. Using my old triple gear front shifter necessitates to “kill” the lowest gear though.