Introducing “La Paloma Negra”

2013 Surly Long Haul Trucker with 26″ wheels
frame size 58cm
4130 CroMoly steel. Main triangle double-butted. TIG-welded

Crankset: Andel RSC6, 26/36/48t
Bottom Bracket: Shimano UN-55, Square taper interface. 68 x 118mm
Front Derailleur: Shimano Sora FD-3403, Silver
Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT RD-M771, Black
Cassette: Shimano HG-50, 11,12,14,16,18,21,24,28,32t

Rear Hub: Shimano LX T660, 36h. Non-disc. Silver
Front Hub: SON 28 Neu 26 hub dynamo
Rims: Alex Adventurer, 36h. Double wall. Eyeletted. Black
Tires: Schwalbe Marathon Mondial 2″
Folding Tires: Marathon Mondial 2″
Fenders: Stainless Steel from Gill Berthous

Headset: Cane Creek 40, 1-1/8˝ threadless
Brakes: Tektro CR720, Cantilever. Silver
Brake Levers: Tektro RL340 standard
Shifters: Microshift Bar-Con bar ends, 2/3 x 9-speed, friction/index settings. BS-T09
Handlebar: PMT, 26.0mm. Silver. Finished with Brooks leather Bar Tape
Saddle: Brooks B17 S leather saddle
Headlight: SON Edelux Silver
USB charger: The Plug III from Supernova
Front baggage rack: TUBUS Ergo
Rear baggage rack: TUBUS logo 26/28 black rear
Bike computer: Cateye Velo Wireless CC-VT210W
Pump: Topeak Road Morph
2 stainless steel bottle cages
Santos bottle cage (suitable for any size of bottle)

Topeak Multitool
Leatherman Wave Multitool
Chain Whip
Spoke wrench
Multi size nut wrench
Nut Wrench size 15
Cassette lock ring tool
Chain wear indicator
Screw driver
Allen keys
Inner tube (x3)
Spokes (3 sizes front and back)
Brake cable
Derailleur cable
9 speed Chain
Duck tape
Tie wraps
Chain oil
Nuts and bolts
Instant adhesive
Seam grip


  1. Hello,

    how are your plans turning into reality? Did you find some time to write a bit for your blog?

    I’m back home (as planned 😉 ) and have finished cleaning my equipment. And I’m thinking what to improve next time.



    1. Hi Jochen,

      Great to here from you… How was your trip? Did you do the trip you had in mind? I’m at the moment in Budapest, and leaving tomorrow to Belgrade. Following the Danube and the taking the Iron Curtain Trail.I will post some stuff today on the blog. Take care and thanks for sharing the road a couple of days


  2. The trip? Better than planned 🙂

    Along the Main-Danube-channel, there are some parts of its predecessor remaining and I followed that one for some kilometers.

    But I think I’ll cycle a bit less kilometers per day next time, because I noticed that on some days, I took very few photos.

    How did the route work that I recommended to get to the Danube?
    Do you need some pictures and a description of my bike and the luggage or did you plan to just show photos of people and their bikes?


    1. Hi Jochen,

      I still had some distance to travel after we said goodbye. Had to cross some hills before I arrived at Fonsbach, where I camped for the night. I biked for a total of 123 km that day. But I had a pleasant ride. The next day I went direction east and took the eurovelo 9 that led me to Donauwörth. From that point I start following the eurovelo 6 route.

      I plan only to show pictures of the people I traveled with. To keep it simple. If you want, I can post a description of your setup. The information can come handy for other people how want to start touring, specially if they are still thinking about traveling with or without a trailer.

      Keep safe and keep pushing those pedals.



  3. Hello my friend,
    we hope that your stay in Zajecar was pleasant enough and that you enjoyed your brake at Grlisko lake.
    We wish you the best of luck and success on your further journey.
    Buca and Sasha.


    1. Hi Buca,

      It was great camping nearby the Grlisko Lake. The day after I stayed a while at the village talking with one of the locals. I must say, the route I followed through Kalna, Bela Palanka, Babusnica, Crna Trava and up to the Vlasina Lake, have been so far the highlight of my trip. The mountain was hard to climb but the landscapes very beautiful. It was very gratifying to bike there.

      Thank you again for taking the time to talk to me and showing me the surroundings. I really appreciate that.

      Saludos and all the best


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