Surly Bridge Club First Impressions

This is a different theme to my normal posts but it does relate to future fly fishing adventures I'm planning and how I'd like to get there.


I've been looking for an all road touring bike that is dependable, can handle single track and can be loaded up with all of my fishing and camping gear.  The Surly Bridge Club certainly fits into this category and after riding it for the last month I'm really impressed with its capabilities.

My build is the "Grandma's Lipstick" 27.5 x 2.4 with a SRAM SX EAGLE drive train and it's a nimble little trail machine. So far I've been thinking about how I'd like to setup my carrying system while I ride around a heap of different gravel trails and flow single track.  I'm a long way from finalising this setup but I've had a lot of fun testing out how far I can push the bike and my fitness.

Some ideas I've been thinking of already are;

  • Drop bar conversion or touring bar for more hand positions.  Maybe mid-bar ends...
  • Front rack and fork mounts for camping gear and extra water or for the local grocery run
  • Dropper post or not..
The only change I've made to the stock build is swapping out the seatpost for a Thomson elite seatpost to dial in my pedaling position.

As this is a first impressions post I'll keep it short and follow it up with more content as I add to the bike and venture out as the global pandemic situation improves.  To start with my trips will be local around Canberra and restricted to solo rides or with one other rider keeping our distances appropriate.  Future adventures will follow with fly fishing included as the travel restrictions get relaxed.

If you're located in the ACT our local Surly dealer is Kingston Foreshore Cycles,  drop in and check out what they have on the floor and I'm sure they will be able to help you find what you are after and answer more technical questions about this bike than I can!