Surly ECR

The Surly ECR is the new Knard-laden, off-road, bikepacking, big-tire, Enduro Camping Rig. Not exactly sure what the acronym stands for, maybe Exit Cities Rapidly, or Einstein Can’t Rap, but an Expedited Construction is Required because this thing is perfect for off-road touring. Here are articles and photos of the ECR and it’s travels through Africa.

Cycling Nyika National Park: A 250km Dirt Safari
by Logan on Mar 28      6 COMMENTS

Our Malawi guidebook (published 2012) states that cycling is permitted in Nyika. It also mentions that the Malawi National Park Service is planning to reintroduce lions within the 3,000 square kilometer park in 2013…

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Bike Touring Lesotho (part 3): Magic Carpet Ride
by Logan on Feb 3      4 COMMENTS

The final days of our Lesotho dirt road odyssey concluded with a magic carpet ride across the highlands and a descent down the legendary Sani Pass.

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Bike Touring with the Surly ECR: 1,000 km Impressions + Build Specs
by Logan on Jan 2      39 COMMENTS

“I think they [Knards] will be too slow.” “You won’t find 29er tires or tubes in Africa.” “That thing is going to be heavy.” I pretty much ignored the aforementioned comments, among a couple other worries that were floating around in my skull, and rolled into Africa with the ECR, complete with Knards. Here are my thoughts after 1,000 KMs.

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The Tubus Vega for the Surly ECR + Rack Mods for Extra H20
by Logan on Dec 28      12 COMMENTS

Does the Tubus Vega fit the ECR, with 29+ Knards? Well, the answer is… kind of. A few people have asked and commented about the compatibility of the Vega with the ECR. Here are my thoughts.

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Rolling Into The Sun: Montague to Calitzdorp
by Logan on Dec 24      11 COMMENTS

The sun is the master here. It seems far more powerful than anywhere I’ve experienced. The darkness quickly fades at 5AM and the star of frenzied flame explodes into the sky at about 5:30.

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Starting Our Africa Bike Tour… With a Little Help from New Friends
by Logan on Dec 14      14 COMMENTS

Six months ago we were torn between several locations in which we could take our next cycling tour. The general requisites were that the place(s) have a warm climate (Gin hates the cold), posses unique and interesting cultures, and send us off through beautiful places…

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Surly ECR: Built and Packed in 2 Days
by Logan on Dec 6      37 COMMENTS

As of last Friday, I had given up on the Surly ECR being shipped in time and resigned myself to quickly building another bike for our trip…

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The Surly E.C.R. Rounds Out Their Adventure Bike Catalog
by Logan on Jul 23      14 COMMENTS

Surly never ceases to amaze by putting out new bikes that I immediately need. They just released two really cool rigs that fill various niche gaps in their steel frame lineup. In this post, we’ll have a quick peek at the ECR and Straggler as well as explore their nonpareil, adventure-specific lineup.

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