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I fucking love my bike.

I FUCKING LOVE IT.

It's a 2009 model stock build Surly Long Haul Trucker.

EDIT: Pic of stock build:


EDIT: Company page: http://www.surlybikes.com/lht_comp.html


I've done extensive aesthetic detailing to it. I wanted to go for an "antique" color scheme with "Coca Cola" reds and stark black and white that would compliment the light tan color of the frameset.

My initial idea was to have vinyl decals made of all of the polyhedral dice in order to portray my geeky love for games. This would cost some money though and I'm inherently a cheap bastard.

I ended up going for a hexagonal theme which is in keeping with my first gaming love, BattleTech. I thought that would give a nod and look good regardless of your knowledge of hex and counter games.

I did the fender work with some pinstripe tape used primarily for detailing RC airplanes. It's cheap and easy to use plus it will resist most anything including fuel... Which I'll never use, heh.

I found a piece of wood from an asparagus case at work and slotted that into the top of the rear rack. Painted it red to match the handlebar tape and parachute cord on the seat stem. Then I matched the fender hex art but in reverse on it with sharpie and white stripe tape. Sealed the hell out of it and glued it in.

I used basic black handlebar tape on the chainstays for chain protection of the frame on the drive side and a short section on the left side to rest my lock on.

I wrapped parachute cord around the seat stem for no other reason other than that it looks awesome.

Yes, I even pinstriped my fork gussets and the zip ties that hold on my computer magnet sensor.

The tires are wonderful. They're Rivendell Jack Brown Blue Labels. Fantastic checkerboard "slicks". Comfy as fuck and durable as all hell. I can ride over almost anything on these things and never get a flat and rarely even feel it. They corner like a dream, they're quiet and they look bad ass.
Bonus is that they're "tan walled" which goes perfectly with the stock tan color of my frame.

The workstation is made of random wood I had floating around the apartment. It clamps onto the railing on my porch and I can clean and fix on it with no problem. It takes up almost no space when not in use and I even planned a little "tray" for tools into the top of it. I had to cut an angle on either side to fit the seat and headset into it.

Here's the pictures:

http://boardgamegeek.com/image/525473

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I rather enjoyed this thread.

How are the handlebars working out? I'd imagine that the placement of the shifters would be a problem. Is it?
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Same bike I've had for about the last 12 years.
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JoshBot wrote:
I rather enjoyed this thread.


Thanks! I rather enjoyed taking the pics for it and typing it up!

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How are the handlebars working out? I'd imagine that the placement of the shifters would be a problem. Is it?


Funny... This was the thing I was most worried about when I got this bike. I was coming from a standard "commuter" bike (not this exact one but close enough):



This type of bike is very much more an upright riding style and generally has straight bars. I was worried that I wouldn't like the "drop" bars on the Surly and the idea of coming from "grip" shifters to bar end shifters frankly scared the crap out of me.

After riding it for a single day I was wondering what the hell I was doing fucking around with the uprights and straights for three years...

As for the bar end shifters I got used to them within about three miles from my front door and, again, wondered why I was screwing around with the other types for so long.

If you run drop handles but don't have bar end shifters I'd highly recommend you give them a try. They're very easy to use and quite liberating.

Along with this is the idea of indexed versus friction shifting.

The bikes I'd had before always had index shifting. That is to say that when you shift a definite "CLICK" is heard and you shift. Friction shifting is such that there is not that definite click. The shifter moves as much as you move the handle. It's strange to get used to at first but WONDERFUL when you do. Quieter, more control and just feels all around better.


As for these handlebars in general... While being drops the stem is WAY higher than for most road bikes giving you a more upright position.
Also, if you compare pics of the angles you can see that the LHT curves back quite sharply while most drop handles are less of an angle. This means that while riding in the drops on a LHT you are still way above and more upright than the position you'd experience in a dedicated "road" bike drop handlebar and frameset.

All around, this is an amazingly comfortable bike to ride.

It's got the rings to get some amazing speeds and go up stupid steep hills and anything in between.

Mostly I use it to get to and from work and haul bags of groceries.
Often at the same time.

Ten miles almost all uphill from work to home with some wicked downs on the route... I feel no pain going up even with a load and feel like I'm flying like a bird at 35MPH on the downs even with 40 lbs load and no back fish-tailing.

This bike is amazing.
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This is my poor neglected ride. It collects dust lately, but once we break this 100 degree weather, I'd like to get back on the road again!


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OK, you have inspired me. I was a hardcore biker until I was about 27. I did everything on my old Paramount. Seriously, I felt more comfortable riding it no-handedly than I did walking down the street. Then I moved, and got scared and lazy. And fat. My bike sits thrashed and unloved, everything seized up and/or flat, not worth the trouble to tweak to ride.

I'm buying a new bike. I'll donate the old one to Bikes Not Bombs.

Thanks, bro.
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JoshBot wrote:
OK, you have inspired me. I was a hardcore biker until I was about 27. I did everything on my old Paramount. Seriously, I felt more comfortable riding it no-handedly than I did walking down the street. Then I moved, and got scared and lazy. And fat. My bike sits thrashed and unloved, everything seized up and/or flat, not worth the trouble to tweak to ride.

I'm buying a new bike. I'll donate the old one to Bikes Not Bombs.

Thanks, bro.


Depending on where you live and all of that... SERIOUSLY consider the Surly Long Haul Trucker if you're going to get back into biking for commuting and general grocery type use. It's got braze ons for every conceivable rack and is incredibly stable with a hell of a lot of weight on it.

I run mine with a basic back rack that can support over 50 lbs. with some collapsable baskets. I have carried over 60 pounds on this configuration with no back fishtailing. This bike is just a damn ROCK when it comes to hauling stuff. But when you shift into the higher gears on straights the "rock" goes away and you're just flying at 25+MPH easy even with a load.

Then if, and when, you hit a hill you have the lowers to just keep your cadence RPM and stroll that load of 70+ pounds up a hill of over 30% grade on the saddle past other people walking their bikes up even when they are not carrying anything!

It's an amazing feeling.

Hit the crest and shift up to the third ring in front and fly down the hill or on the flats to home!

The great thing about the LHT is that its geometry is such that it's just a bit longer in the wheel base. It's just long enough to provide that extra needed stability and it really shows. It's only about an inch but that's so much when you have a load of 40+ on the back rack.
It's a hell of a feeling.
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It weighs 41 lbs, but I got it relatively cheap and I don't experience wrist, neck or butt pain, nor numbness in my nether regions.

I am ashamed of how little I have ridden this year, but I have to take my son on a 50 miler for a merit badge soon.
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