As you may know, we enjoy pushing Surly bikes on just about anyone. The nice thing about being known for this is that people have started coming in looking for them. We have a number of their models, but the Long Haul Trucker is our best seller far and away.
In the last few weeks, we’ve helped a few people get set up on LHTs and I thought it would be neat to share how one bike can be so versatile.
This first LHT was built up with STI Levers and 700×28 Vittoria Randonneur tires for a snappier road feel. He also opted for a 50t Salsa chainring for his big ring – what a monster. He has since added Surly Nice Racks front and back and is planning a little 750mi trip later this month.
The next Trucker we sold was built up as a no-joke touring rig. Surly Nice Racks front and back, Brooks Saddle, Arkel Bags and everything. Sr. Miller is planning a trip northward in the coming months.
This last one is close to our house “Edmund LHT” Build. This is J.Ratner’s first “big kid bike.” I would argue it’s even a gentle man’s bike. We have a nice city bar on there that brings the cockpit up and back. We put Paul Thumbies on there to keep the shifters close, too. It’s a nice build – Elegant and Efficient.
I own this same bike, too. I have mine built up as a drop-bar bulldozer. It has a custom porteur rack on the front that can haul just about anything. I am currently testing the Civia alloy fenders and Rivendell Jack Brown tires… and some local wine…