My Bicycles

I’m down to two bikes now. I have my daily driver, the All-City Nature Boy, and my touring bike, the Surly Pugsley.

These aren’t boutique bicycles; these are built to be ridden hard and put away wet. I bike-camp, tour, and commute on both bikes, and each bears the marks of a life well-ridden (well, the Nature Boy is still pretty new). These are built from ebay auctions, used parts bins, sponsorships and trades, so they’re about as unique as an off-the-shelf bike can be. And, of course, both are steel and both are singlespeed.

Surly Pugsley

My Surly Pugsley is the newest edition to the stable, and now my only other bike. It’s built as an expedition touring bike, with clearances for those awesome fat tires and a durable, overbuilt steel frame. I have a second 29+ wheelset for mountain biking, adding to the utility of an already awesome frame.

I made my parts list as extensive as possible, since many of the parts included here are very specifically chosen, and I get asked a lot about the bits and bobs. The pictures may or may not be up to date with the current build listed.

  • Frame: Surly Pugsley
  • Fork: Surly Moonlander
  • Crankset: Surly O.D. Crankset
  • Chainring: Surly 31T outer, Sugino 24T inner (both stainless steel).
  • Chainring Bolts: Problem Solvers Stainless Steel
  • Chain: KMC Eco-Proteq 8-Speed Rust-Resistant Chain
  • Rear Cogs:
    • Chris King 18T Splined Cog
    • Endless Bike Co. 24T Cog
    • Surly Spacer Kit
  • Tensioner: Surly Tuggnut
  • Pedals: Shimano Saint DH Pedals
  • 26″ Fat Wheels:
    • Front Hub: Surly Ultra New, 6-Bolt Disc w/ 180mm Rotor, 32H Bolt-On
    • Rear Hub: DT Swiss 350 6-bolt Disc w/ 160mm rotor, 32H QR
    • Rims: Surly Marge Lite 65mm
    • Tires: 45NRTH Hüsker Dü 4.0″ Rear, Surly Big Fat Larry 4.8″ Front
  • 29+ Wheels:
    • Front Hub: Surly Ultra New, 6-Bolt Disc w/ 180mm Rotor, 32H Bolt-On
    • Rear Hub: DT Swiss 350 6-bolt Disc w/ 160mm rotor, 32H QR
    • Rims: Surly Rabbit Hole 50mm
    • Tires: Maxxis 29 x 3.0″ Chronicle, 120TPI, Front and Rear
  • Stem: Bontrager Rhythm Elite, 60mm
  • Seatpost: Thomson Elite 27.2 x 360mm
  • Seat: WTB Pure-V
  • Handlebars: Thomson Titanium 31.8 x 730mm, Control Tech Terminator bar widener plugs, 40mm (770mm total)
  • Headset: Cane Creek 40
  • Grips: ESI Chunky
  • Brakes: Avid BB7 MTN S Disc, Jagwire Compressionless Housing
  • Levers: Paul Components Love Lever
  • Rear Rack: Old Man Mountain Phat Sherpa, Rear Eyeleted
  • Bottle Cage Mounts:
    • Downtube: King Cage Manything Cage, Universal Support Bolts
    • Top Cap: King Cage Top Cap Cage Mount, Lezyne Power Cage
    • Fork: Salsa Anything Cage (2) or Lezyne Power Cage (2)


All-City Nature Boy 853

My All-City Nature Boy is my do-everything singlespeed cyclocross bike. I’m using it for exploring, pleasure cruising, commuting, racing, light touring, and daily riding. It’s built for reliability and durability, with sensible components. It’s not particularly light, but it still moves fast.

  • Frame: All-City Nature Boy 853, 58cm
  • Fork: Whisky No. 7
  • Headset: Cane Creek 40 ZS44/EC40
  • Crankset: SRAM Rival 1x
  • Bottom Bracket: Wheels Mfg. SRAM Road
  • Chainring: SRAM 42T Narrow/Wide
  • Cog: Endless Bike Co. 20T
  • Hub Spacers: Surly
  • Chain: KMC Ti Nitride 10SP
  • Brakes: Paul Klamper, Short Pull
  • Levers: SRAM S500 Alloy Lever
  • Housing: Jagwire Mountain Pro
  • Handlebars: Salsa Cowbell 3, 46cm
  • Stem: Thomson Elite X2 Road Stem, 70mm
  • Seatpost: Thomson Elite Seatpost 27.2
  • Seat: Brooks Cambium C17, No Cutout
  • Pedals: Crank Brothers Doubleshot Pedals
  • Rear Wheel: Hope Pro 4 Trials Rear SS Hub, Stan’s Notubes Grail Rim, DT Swiss Champion spokes, brass nipples.
  • Front Wheel: Surly Ultra New Disc Hub, Stan’s Notubes Grail Rim, DT Swiss Champion spokes, brass nipples.
  • Tires: Teravail Cannonball 700x38mm, Tubeless w/ Stan’s Valve and Tape
  • Rotors: Shimano
  • Bar Tape: Brooks Cambium Rubber

Past Bikes

Soma Double Cross Disc

Full Review Here!

This is my all-road bike. Sometimes 1×10, sometimes 2×10, friction-shifting, disc brakes, sturdy wheels and a steel frame. After riding my Raleigh Port Townsend into the ground over three years, the Soma Double Cross Disc was a welcome upgrade. Soma’s DC is a Tange Prestige steel frame with exceptional build quality, seamless welds, great middle-of-the-road geometry between a race bike and a touring bike, and a paint job I immediately marred with stickers. The fork is from a Salsa Vaya, and both frame and fork have rack mounts and huge 41c tire clearances. It’s a do-everything bike that I do everything on.


  • Frame: Soma Double Cross Disc, 58cm
  • Fork: Salsa Vaya Classico Cromoly, 45mm Rake
  • Crankset: SRAM Apex
  • Chainrings: FSA CX Compact 46/34
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT Rapid-Rise, Long-Cage (1999?)
  • Front Derailleur: SRAM Red Titanium
  • Cassette: Shimano XT 11-36T
  • Chain: Shimano XT 10-speed
  • Pedals: Shimano Hybrid Flat/Clipless
  • Hubs: Shimano XT (135mm rear)
  • Rims: H + Son Archetype, 32H
  • Tires: Variable
  • Stem: Salsa Guide Stem 70mm
  • Seatpost: Thomson Elite
  • Seat: WTB Rocket
  • Handlebars: Salsa Cowbell 2, 42cm
  • Shifter: Dura-Ace Bar End 9-speed (Rear), Shimano 105 Downtube (front)
  • Brakes: Avid BB7 Road Disc, Yokozuna Compressionless Housing
  • Levers: Cane Creek
  • Racks: Racktime Top-it front, Axiom Streamliner rear.



5 thoughts on “My Bicycles

  1. Thanks for posting the detailed parts list- very helpful. I am getting ready to build similar, but I’m confused about the bottom bracket. In my research I find that the pugsley apparently has a BB with a special offset (as does the moonlander), but I don’t see this typically mentioned on parts descriptions that I find. What kind of BB did you use?

    1. Hi Jim,

      Since it’s english-threaded, texhnically you can use a regular mountain bike BB since the outboard cups can be any distance apart and still work fine. You can similarly use a MTB BB on a road bike just fine, even though the shell is narrower. This only applies to english-threaded outboard BB’s.

      That said, your crank needs to be 100mm. A mountain bike crank won’t be long enough.

      I personally used the Surly 100mm crank that comes with an included BB, so I had no incompatibility issues.

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