LHT Sweetness

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Member Since:
November 22, 2010
Completely Human


Manufacturer / Model
Frame and Size
Long Haul Trucker 60cm
Fork and Headset
Surly Long Haul Trucker, 100% CroMoly, lugged and brazed. 1-1/8" threadless steer tube,Ritchey Logic Comp, 1-1/8" threadless, w/ 40mm spacers.
Handlebars / Stem / Grips
Modolo Dumbo, threadless, various
Saddle / Seatpost
Brooks Flyer, w/gel cover
Shimano Deore, CS-HG53. 9-speed. 11-13-15-17-20-23-26-30-34t
SRAM, PC971 9-speed
Crank Set / Bottom Bracket
Andel, Forged arms, Silver. Aluminum rings, 110mm BCD, 48-36-26t, Shimano, UN53. 68x110mm
Rear Derailleur
Shimano XT, RD-M761 SGS long cage
Front Derailleur
Shimano Tiagra, FD-4403 triple
Shimano PD-M324
Brakes / Brake Levers
Tektro Oryx cantilever, #992. Silver
Schmidt SON28 w/ Supernova E3 front light and rear lights
Schwalbe Marathon XR 700C 45 w/fenders
Rigid w/Surly "Nice Rack" racks.
This has become the best Touring commuter I have ever built, and one of the best bikes I have ever built.
It is rugged and tough, built for distance and heavy loads. It also is redundant and reconfigurable in almost every ergonomic detail making long tours all that much easier.
This is my first bike equipped with AC lighting and I can scarcely even fathom having battery lights ever again, every bike I build from here on out will have an AC dynamo.
I purchased a Revolution trailer and full packs, panniers and trunk pack and I love the revolution trailer so much that I hardly ever remove it.
This bike already has over 2000 miles on it and is ridden almost daily 15 to 30 miles depending on time and errands to be run.

I plan on a Rohloff upgrade in a year or so, for added simplicity and reliability.
Still not sure though, I may opt for a NuVinci instead. %360 gain for the Nuvinci %500 gain plus for Rohloff, decisions, decisions.

Then again I may just throw caution to the wind and buy a Silkroad or a Panamericana..... Hell, who am I kidding?
November 22, 2010  •  08:28 PM
How much would you say this bike weighs as shown in your pic?
November 22, 2010  •  09:47 PM
The last time I weighed it it was weighed without packs and goodies and no trailer and it was dead on 36 pounds on the Park tool scale. It is exactly twice the weight of my buddies touring rig, a trek 720.

I know that it is well under 50 pounds unloaded with the trailer.

I commute and tour with this bike, it is a pure joy to pedal.