Daily Archives: September 24, 2008

My Surly Long Haul Trucker

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I’m happy to announce that my Surly Long Haul Trucker has finally arrived from home.  If you don’t know already, I have been living in Seoul, South Korea for the last three years.  It is quite difficult to get touring bikes here as the population is generally obsessed with mountain biking.   Nonetheless, I got my Surly LHT here and am going to put up some posts here to keep you all up to date.

My model is a 58cm olive frame.  I got the bike completely packaged by Surly with a couple of upgrades (the crankset) and some accessories.  If you don’t yet know about Surly, click here to head over to their website, and then go check out the review here on this blog.  Here is a look at the stock bike…

Blue Surly long haul trucker

Blue Surly long haul trucker

And now here’s the first look at my 58cm olive Surly Long Haul Trucker…not gonna see the whole bike until I cover all the parts first.

My Surly Long Haul Trucker

My Surly Long Haul Trucker

Day One:  5KM.  Used the Surly today to/from work to get a feel for it.  Though I don’t have clipless shoes yet, I had to get a ride in.  First impressions are great.  Super smooth ride, took bumps and holes with ease.  Saddle is comfortable thus far and the 58cm seems to fit me perfectly.  I am almost 6 feet tall and am happy with the adjustable seat post.  Also was surprised by the weight of the bike.  I was under the impression that this was gonna be a load of a bike, but it is actually lighter than my last mountain bike I had.  No problem carrying it up 5 flights of stairs.  More to come tomorrow…

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Bicycle Accessories. Gearing up your touring bike.

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We’re going to start a series of threads discussing all the accessories you can think of when it comes to touring bikes. We welcome comments if you’ve owned, seen, or use any of the accessories we mention. If you have other recommendations, post them in the comments.

Fenders

Civia Fenders

Civia Fender

Civia Fender

These fenders accommodate 700 x 35c tires. They are pricier than the Planet Bike and SKS models. They retail for about 70 US dollars.

Planet Bike Fenders

These are the least expensive of the three fenders we’ve looked at. They come in a wide-range of sizes and models and are quite reliable like the SKS fenders.  Most models, especially those in the hybrid/touring type like the Cascadia, come with mudflaps attached.  Nice value to be found here.  Generally quite high rated reviews on most of Planet Bike fenders, with common grievances being a slight lack of coverage.  They are said to be reliable, strong, and fairly light.  Most fenders are gonna require a little altering to fit your touring bike because of the racks and such, so don’t be scared away by reviews saying the owners had to do work to get them to fit.  You’ll find that with all models.

Planet Bike Fenders

Planet Bike Fenders

SKS Bicycle Accessories. Gearing up your touring bike.

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We’re going to start a series of threads discussing all the accessories you can think of when it comes to touring bikes.  We welcome comments if you’ve owned, seen, or use any of the accessories we mention.  If you have other recommendations, post them in the comments.

Fenders

Fenders are nearly essential accessories for your touring bike.  They will protect your gear from water and mud, and also keep your components and backside clean.  There are a couple of types of fenders, so let’s take a quick look at them.

Full-length:  These fenders typically wrap around most of the tire, leaving about 6 inches of ground clearance on the rear wheel, with less coverage up front.

Clip-on: These usually clip on to the seat post and are completely useless, don’t buy them unless you are in the unfortunate situation where you don’t have fork or brake clearance for full-length fenders.

Mudflaps: These are really just extensions for short fenders and give a little extra protection.

SKS Fenders

SKS Fenders

I ride with SKS fenders on my Surly because they are well-designed, cheap, and rugged.  I’ve installed the P50 model because they are designed for the 700cc tires and can accommodate tires up to 700 x 45!  Here is a sizing chart.  They retail for about 30-40 US dollars.  Lots of support posts and sturdy, easy install.  No Problems.  Made of a aluminum wrapped in a tough plastic that makes them strong and flexible (called Chromoplastic I think).  Adjustable supports too.

color section rim tire
P35 silver 35 mm 28 700×20-28
black
P45 silver 45 mm 28 700×28-37
black
P50 silver 50 mm 28 700×38-45
black
P55 silver 55 mm 26 26×1.6-26×2.30
black
P65 silver 60 mm 26 26×1.6-2.30
black (suitable for Big Apple)