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What Makes a Surly a Surly?

I love my Pacer, and I’ve got to say it’s by far our most overlooked bike.  It’s funny cuz, I couldn’t imagine myself on any other “road” bike.

Which I get is what I’m “supposed” to say, but I rarely do anything cuz I’m “supposed to”

I never wash my hands after I pee, especially if there’s a sign that says I’m supposed to.

At any rate, the Pacer

I find myself thinking a lot about this bike, and why it is that most folks tend to look the other way when they see one.  I supposed there’s the obvious, it’s steel, heavy, pipe-metal (only one of which I think of as true)(as a big fat dude, there are not a lot of bikes I think of as heavy), but what lies underneath.

It’s the bike that I feel like most people need (if they want a “road” bike).  Most of those bikes I’ve ridden kinda beat the living crap out of me. Sore elbows and hips and knees and wrists and (sure I might be the problem), but when I’m on a Pacer, the steel softens the ride (and the GAINT 700 x 35 tires don’t hurt either).  It’s also fast as hell, and an awesome climber.


My title is: “What makes a Surly a Surly?” And I what I’m getting at (aside from steel, everybody knows a Surly is steel) is that it has a lot to do with tires.


Fatties Fit Fine

What other road bike can you get 700x35s on? They are few and far between.

And the Pacer isn’t a gravel bike (though that’s one of the many things I use mine for) and it’s not Cross Bike (again though, look at those tires).

It’s a road bike. It’s got that geometry. It’s an all day riding road bike. It’s not a racer (though if you check the image dump page you’ll find a lot of them built that way), but it’s still plenty fast, it’s a bike for riding and riding and riding and riding.

It’s also for riding.

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About Gern Blanston

A rider-slash-Surly fan who somehow bounced like a quarter at a drunken college mixer into what he thinks is pretty much the swellest job a fella could have, it is Tyler’s job to determine how Surly should seek attention to its products and itself generally. He has an extensive background in children’s theater, which is, perhaps not surprisingly, a good fit for the marketing manager of this company.

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