A long way home… The Evolution of my bike.

So here it is at last. The evolution of my bike (still unnamed) that will, inshallah take me back to the UK. I decided to build my own bike rather than buy one directly from the shop for two reasons. 1, Finding a good quality bike in China is difficult, and 2; in the process of building it myself I would invariably gain a bit of knowledge about bikes (which ironically I had no idea about!)

I decided on the Surly Disc trucker. A popular and reliable bike designed for touring, and one which is commonly used for custom builds. So after months of research and searching on taobao.com (the Chinese equivalent of Amazon) I eventually, after buying the frame from the UK, had all the components sent online to my work, and had all the pieces together. Of course it wasn't plain sailing. The attempt of constructing the fork to the frame was quite comical, given I didn't have the proper tools, and I decided to play it safe regarding the gears and take it to a bike shop. In the end however I think I done a pretty good job, and have constructed a bike fit for a cross continent tour.

So, the following pictures are a bit of a time line regarding the build. At the bottom of the page I have all the components used. I don't really want to divulge the total cost. But let me assure you, it ended up costing more than I participated!

Apart from my bike I have recently purchased my tent and stove, and if all goes to plan I'll be looking to start my adventure Mid November. But as everyone knows, plans can change!

In the meantime i'm looking for a name for my new 'baby'. So please, Leave your suggestions below!

Majority of ComponentsMajority of Components

A closer look!A closer look!


A work in progressA work in progress

IMG_0058Starting to resemble a bike!


IMG_0062Avid BB7 mountain , Cable actuated. 160mm rotors front & rear Disk brakes.

Shimano M590 CranketShimano M590 Cranket and Wellgo MG1 Pedals.

IMG_0143Had to cheat a bit and send the bike to my local shop to get them to sort out the gears. A big thanks to Yang who was very helpful and friendly! 🙂

SKS Communter MudguardsSKS Communter Mudguards

Christening the bike! Dalian has some great  coastal roads!Christening the bike! Dalian has some great coastal roads!

My new Baby!My new Baby!

Complete with Ortlieb Panneirs and handlebar bag, and now ready for the open road! :)Complete with Ortlieb Panneirs and handlebar bag, and now ready for the open road! 🙂


Frame - 100% Surly Disk Trucker 4130 CroMoly steel.56cm.

Crankset - Shimano M590, 26/36/48t.

Bottom Bracket - Shimano BB51 Deore.

Front Derailleur - Shimano M661 10 Speed.

Rear Derailleur - Shimano XT M772.

Cog - Shimano HG-50 , 11-13-15-17-20-23-26-30-32t.

Chain - SRAM PC-971 , Silver. 116 links.

Headset - Cane Creek 40 , 1-1/8" threadless. Black.

Pedals - Wellgo MG1, Black.

Brakes - Avid BB7 mountain , Cable actuated. 160mm rotors front & rear.

Brake Lever - Tektro RL520 , Drop bar levers.

Shifters - Shimano bar-end , SL-BS77 2/3 x 9-speed.

Stem - Salsa, 15 degreee, 100mm OS.

Handlebar - Salsa bell lap bars, 31.8mm, 44cm.

Saddle - Brooks B17. Black.

Seatpost - Salsa Alloy 27.2 mm.

Seat clamp - Salsa Lip lock.

Handlebar tape - Silva Original, Black.

Cables - Jagwire and Shimano.

Hubset - Element XC 100.

Rims (26") Mavic 717 , 32h. Double wall. Eyeletted. Black.

Tyres -  (26") Schwalbe Marathon Mondial.

Mudguards - SKS Commuter 45mm.

Racks - Surly Rackset.


One Response to “A long way home… The Evolution of my bike.”

  1. Hope
    August 8, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

    Sam I miss you!Guss who am I?

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