Angry Builds: Mike’s Surly Commuter Monkey

With the off and on freeze and thaw we’ve had this season, the roads and paths are getting pretty unpredictable.  Our good friend Mike has always had a pretty stellar winter commuter bike (Surly Steamroller with studded tires and Surly Open Bars), but this year he wanted something with a bit more capability and versatility.

Cue:  Surly’s Karate Money 

He wanted something that was pretty simple and unassuming, but still carried a slight “Bling” factor.  He grabbed quite a few parts that he had taken off previous bikes, and selected some really awesome bits to help bring the complete bike together.  For a winter commuter, he really put the money where it counts on a bike that’s going to see snow, ice, salt, and many thaws:  drivetrain, wheels and tires.
The Details:
You can't go wrong with a black and polished silver combination.

You can’t go wrong with a black and polished silver combination.

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The new MDS dropout on the Karate Monkey is such a great option to have, but sometimes you just need to stick with a Surly bolt-on hub, and a Surly tuggnut to keep things in place.

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White Industries makes some gorgeous parts.

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Hope Pedals, White Industries Eno Cranks and freewheel, and a Connex chain to keep things moving forward.

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Schwalbe Ice Spiker Pro’s setup tubeless. Velcro. Pure Velcro.

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Nice build Mike. It turned out really classy.

Now is the perfect time to get your spring commuter ready.  And did we mention that Surly has a great offer right now for their Surly Super Fans?  Check out the coupon:

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