For my long-term test bike I chose a Surly Bridge Club. I wanted something that could pretty much do anything, and while there are plenty of bikes out there that claim to do it all, this one really stood out to me. And it’s not just because of that lovely blue paintjob.
Help Mildred kit out her Surly Bridge Club
Surly’s been making touring bikes for years and its range covers all bases, from more traditional drop-bar road tourers such as the Long Haul Trucker, to the braze-on-heavy, traverse-across-Mongolia ECR.
The Bridge Club sits comfortably at the entry-level of Surly’s touring range, designed to be simple and versatile, which are two qualities I love in a bike.
While many touring bikes often cater for either paved or off-road exploration, the Bridge Club essentially bridges the gap (pun intended). Built around slightly smaller 650b wheels, with a minimum of 2.4-inch tyres, it’s designed for those unexpected detours, taking you off the beaten track.
Pimp my ride
In this video, I take you through all the main features of the bike and ask one very important question: how would you kit out this bike?
Since it’s meant to go anywhere and do anything that’s exactly what I plan to do with the Bridge Club, but I want your suggestions on how to set it up for success.
Would you throw on a rack and some panniers? Bikepacking bags? Plus tyres?
Mildred’s a utilitarian cyclist at heart, determined to do everything on two wheels, whether it’s shopping, commuting or moving house. She’s spent the past three years volunteering as a mechanic and workshop coordinator at the Bristol Bike Project, and now sits on its board of directors. Her expertise in bikes — and what people want out of them — comes from working in real-world bike shops and learning the ins and outs of the industry. At home on slicks and knobblies alike, Mildred’s ideal ride covers long distances through remote countryside, on mixed terrain that offers a bit of crunch. She’s easily won over by steel frames coupled with a 650B/plus-tyre combo, and is currently riding a Surly Bridge Club, while training for a 600km audax on a Triban Women’s RC 520.