I built the bike from the ground up, including the wheels, doing what I could to emulate Rivendell's whole older-is-often-better ideal wherever I could along the way. So I've procured a few choice parts for it over the years: high flange silver Suzue track hubs, silver Nitto B115 bars, black cotton Velox bar tape and end-plugs, a black Suntour XC stem, a black IRD seatpost, a black Chris King 1" 2-nut headset, leather hub-shiners, non-aero Dura Ace brakes and levers, and a set of purple Cook Bros. cranks (a gift from an old friend). I also drilled and plus-nutted a second bottle cage mount into the downtube, just because we had the template for doing so at the bike shop where I was working that summer.
The rear hub flip-flops, but I usually run it fixed, even though I always keep two brakes on it, because if I ride it I'm probably going to ride it in the woods. And, trust me, two brakes are better than one when you're riding a fixed gear bike on Conti Top Touring 32s out in the woods.
I rode the Steamroller a lot back in the day, when it was pretty much my only "road" bike. Centuried on it a couple times, and took it on some pretty fun, gnarly, long forest road-and-trail rides, too. We call them gravel grinders now. Back then they were just rides where we took the wrong bike out on a long ride and had a blast.
posting to a thread in an online forum, Post Your Steel Singlespeed, I put up pictures of my Coconino and my Rock Lobster singlespeeds and forgot all about my classic Surly Steamroller. That is until the poster who posted after me put up a picture of his Steamroller, inspiring me to: A) write this blog entry and then B) go and amend my post in the forum to include my Steamroller, too.
In order to do so, I rode the Steamroller out into the woods this afternoon, on a quick jaunt just after the rain stopped. 'Twas lovely out and the bike was a good and solid ride on the soft wet trails. A nice reminder of why I've always enjoyed riding it and why I should do so more often.
I intend to.
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