New water bottle cages on my Surly LHT

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In my attempt to create the ugliest Surly long haul trucker ever, I have installed two hideous looking water bottles onto my front Surly Nice Rack.  You might ask yourself why, and if you do, you need to visit www.theultimatetrek.com to figure it out.  The Surly LHT complete comes with 3 frame mount spots for water bottle cages or pumps or whatever.  Due to the nature of my tour, I needed to carry much more water.  Not only will I ride with these 3 bottles, I will carry a water bladder backpack, a water bag in my pannier, as well as 4 rack mounted water bottles.  I will use 3 of the 4 rack mounted bottles for water, and the 4th for camping fuel.  Here are some photos of my rig.  Notice that they are attached with zip-ties and rubber padding to keep ‘em secure.  I’ve angled them slightly upward and away from the rack platform to ensure they don’t interfere with anything I’m mounting on the racks.  They’ve made a 50 mile ride no problem, so I think they’ll make it.  I’m probably going to use velcro for extra protection to ensure they dont slip out.

Surly Long Haul Trucker

And the front view…

Surly Long Haul Trucker

One last look.

Surly Long Haul Trucker

Please head over to learn about the Long Haul for Hunger trek, over 7500 miles on my Surly LHT for charity.  We need your help!  www.theultimatetrek.com

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  1. Interesting idea with the bottle holders there, you’re right, they’re pretty ugly. Have they been staying in their cages, looks like they might come out. Do they effect the handling of the bike at all being mounted so high?

  2. Interesting setup. (Sorry I can’t donate anything – I have enough going on w/my own kids and local church needs!)
    One thing that might be of interest to you is the miniseries/documentary “The Long Way Around” about Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman riding BMW Motorcycles West to East from London to New York. The “roads” they traveled through Kazakstan, etc, were VERY rough… test your cable-ties with fully loaded bottles on some extreme terrain (if you haven’t already) to ensure they won’t break – the rubber “shims” will help to alleviate shock but repeated shock/vibration might cause the plastic to fail(?).
    Great Blog – I wish you well! (I ride a 1987 Trek Antelope w/Chromoly frame, etc. Great frame flexibility! Ugly but effective! Is Effective always Ugly?!? I know “form follows function – at touring speeds you won;t need aerodynamics, etc.!) :)

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