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Bill recently returned from a 1200 mile adventure on the Great Divide Route. Family Bicycles helped him choose and outfit his bike–the Surly Troll.
He recently completed a 22 day, 1250+ mile, self contained bike packing tour from Missoula, MT up into Canada much of which was on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. Primarily the roads were gravel, forest service roads, minimal maintenance, single track, and pavement. This is my Troll review from that trip.
When buying a bike Bill looks for these things: Durability, minimal maintenance, utilitarian options, and looks. The Troll met all requirements-and then some.
Surly The newest member of the Family Bicycles team is Surly, the shop cat! Surly came to us from the Westside neighborhood near downtown Kansas City after hitching a ride with Theresa’s sister Jess. His duties include greeting customers and taking care of security. Just like the brand of bikes he is named after, he […]
Bruce Homstad In the mid-1980’s I worked at a small bike shop in the Phoenix-Metro area of Arizona at a time when mountain biking was just beginning. I had already been using my bicycle as a means of transportation, but with an invitation from friends, ventured out into the rocky trails of Usery Mountain Park […]
Theresa M. Van Ackeren, Managing Director I grew-up riding my bicycle to and from school and on my afternoon paper route in Omaha, Nebraska. I learned early to “embrace the hills,” we lived in a hilly section of town and there were two or three hills no matter which way I rode. But riding was […]