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
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
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…
Korean Bike Touring Club
Do you own a bicycle? Do you ride for fun? Are you a serious biker? Do you live in South Korea? Well, this is the first post for the newly formed Korean Bike Touring Club (KBTC), and we’re invited any interested bikers to join our group mailing list.
What we’re trying to offer to those who join the club:
- A place to gain information about bicycle riding and touring in South Korea
- A place to obtain maps and routes for bike tours in South Korea
- A place to meet fellow riders and discuss your hobby
- A place to learn more about bicycle touring
- A place to organize group rides around South Korea
Please click the link below to join the group mailing list and stay up-to-date with the group. We’d like to start a weekly one-day ride group that goes out for rides together on the weekend as well as a group that does extended tours during long weekends or long holidays.
To join, simply click on the link below and send a blank message. That’s it! We’ll be in touch shortly after receiving your email.