Surly Big Dummy UPDATES

The Silver Back Gorilla (SBG) came into our life mid January 2014 and its been a hoot to put some miles on it during the winter. The Virginia weather has been a bit of a downer on outdoor activity, however the SBG has forced me to suck it up and get on the saddle. The Dummy is already proving to be an awesome addition to our growing stable of bikes, but like many other toys, this one CRAVES upgrades and aftermarket goodies!

Surly Big Dummy Yepp Seat

 

Surly Big Dummy Yepp Seat
The primary reason for purchasing the SBG was to haul our little girl around on the back (at least that is how I justified it to my wife). So the first addition was a Yepp seat. You can see the installation of this seat HERE.

Only change with the seat was moving it more to the center of the deck in order to keep it from hitting my heels when I peddled. The platform as a whole is very stable, proving to be very easy to haul a toddler, groceries, workout gear, large awkward objects and enough beer for all your friends in one trip if you so desire.

Surly Big Dummy
Surly Big Dummy
Surly Big Dummy Yepp Seat
Surly Big Dummy Yepp Seat

The next thing I swapped out was the saddle. I added a black Brooks spring seat to the mix. We have Brooks saddles on multiple bikes, but this is the first one with springs and I really dig it. The springs add a nice shock absorber to the rig and I believe some style points for sure.

Brooks Saddle
Brooks Saddle
Brooks Saddle
Brooks Saddle

The last thing we’ve added up to this point is a set of Jones Loop H bars (710 version). I chose the slightly wider ones in hopes of finding a wide variety of hand positions and so far am very pleased. I slapped on some Ergon GP 1 grips and then wrapped the rear portion of the bars. The front loop will likely receive some bar tape in the near future, providing for additional hand placement. The bars are AWESOME.

Jones loop bar
Jones loop bar

I don’t think the SBG will ever be complete. A Dynamo front hub and light setup is on the wish list. Additionally I would like to swap out the tires for something a little more in line with our dirt road touring. At this point I’m trying to choose between the Scwalbe Marathon or the Big Apples. Anybody have experience with either tire and care to pass on some advice?

 

Wanna see some Historic DOORS ?!

Yesterday we spent a few hours walking Historic Downtown Fredericksburg, VA. We decided we needed a photo challenge to kick start some creative juices. I had seen a book a few years ago that featured photos of historic doors (not the rock band, actual doors on homes). So we decided to spend the few hours poking around the downtown area and taking photos of old doors, a bike without a seat and one old car.

 

One thing you will notice in these photos is that they are crooked. It is not the camera or the photographer; these doors are so old that they are crooked on the door frame. I even cropped [most of] them so the bottom of the door is level. Interesting that they are still crooked like that and how they were never fixed over the years.

 

Have you participated in a Photo Challenge before? If so, share the link with us! We would love to see your work!

 

 

Old Car - Fredericksburg, VA
Old Car – Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door - Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door – Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door - Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door – Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door - Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door – Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door - Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door – Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door - Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door – Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door - Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door – Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door - Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door – Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door - Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door – Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door - Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door – Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door - Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door – Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door - Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door – Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door - Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door – Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door - Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door – Fredericksburg, VA
Capital Ale House Door - Fredericksburg, VA
Capital Ale House Door – Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door - Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door – Fredericksburg, VA
Bike without a seat - Fredericksburg, VA
Bike without a seat – Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door - Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door – Fredericksburg, VA