Gallery: Chris’ Surly Long Haul Trucker

Here is my brand new Surly Long Haul Trucker. After hanging around your old site I moved over with you to the new site. I sold my Bacchetta Strada and I then purchased an Electra Amsterdam and began riding to work occasionally. Then I became interested in trying something that could handle a mid-life crisis. So after months of research, I settled on the Long Haul Trucker.  This bike will change my life. I absolutely LOVE IT! My bike shop had never sold one but they all commented when I went to pick it up, “Dude-have you RIDDEN this thing—it’s amazing!” I knew then that everyone was right. I’ve added a Tubus cargo rack, Rivendell King Grip pedals, SKS fenders, Edge 305 computer, and have a Brooks B17 on it’s way. I am even building a trailer to pull behind the trucker. Thanks for this site—it’s amazing and has had a big impact on my life.   —Chris

[Thank you, Chris! —Alan]

15 Responses to “Gallery: Chris’ Surly Long Haul Trucker”

  • Ryan says:

    Chris,

    Have you thought about adding an Xtracycle to the back of your bike? If you think you will use a trailer a lot it is worth consideration. I love mine. Check out anadventurecalledbicycling.blogspot.com and you can read about how nice of an Xtracycle the LHT makes. However the longer bike may not be sporty enough to satisfy the midlife crisis… ;)

    -Ryan
    Folsom, CA

  • Johnny says:

    Dang, that’s a good-looking whip! Congrats, Chris! :)

  • Roger says:

    Hi Chris, Very cool, who makes the pedals you have on your new ride?
    -Roger

  • Grateful says:

    LHT’s are “mighty fine” bikes. They remind me of my 1993 Bridgestone XO-1.

  • Jeff says:

    That’s a fine looking bike. What size is the frame?

  • Tom Barone says:

    Very Cool bike . Your photography even has a ” touch of Alan to it” Nicely none.

  • Herb Sandy says:

    Great looking bike! I have a 2008 Olive Green LHT and I am quite fond of that color but if the Truckaccino had been available last year, I might have gone in that direction. I put a Brooks B17 saddle on mine and now just turning 1,000 miles, the saddle is starting to get much more comfortable.

  • Chris Cummings says:

    Thank you for all your nice comments. The frame is a 54cm. The pedals are Rivendell King Grips. But the ultimate comment is for my photo to be considered with Alan’s. My dad taught photography and if he were alive-he would love looking at Alan’s shots. Alan is amazing and very blessed with a ton of talent. I put my Brooks on last night. Pretty slippery right now. Definitely hard. But I know it’s the right seat. Plus it just looks cool! Thanks again for all the kind words. Having visited this site daily since it’s inception-to have a bike of mine on here was a dream come true. Long live old “truckers”!

  • MitchK says:

    Beautiful LHT and photo. The truckacinno-colored pine cone scripted caption is a nice touch.

    Was anyone else pleasantly surprised – after looking at the photo a second or third time – to discover the humorously placed pine cones in the water bottle holders?

    My beloved LHT will be two years old in a week or so. It’s a custom build, did it myself, city-bike style, similar to Alan’s, with optional family cycling (tag-along or child seat) and cargo trailer-pulling configurations. 5000+ miles and going strong. It’s my daily commuter and general do-everything bike.

    Mitch

  • Antoine says:

    Love the photo Chris! People just love their Truckers’ and they’re good value too.

    I might just have to do something similar when my new Surly Cross-Check is built.

  • brad says:

    Looks like you have a Garmin Edge 605 mounted on the stem is that right? I got myself one of those recently to help us navigate a tour we did for our vacation a few weeks ago, and am very happy with it — it performed admirably during a five-hour ride through driving rain so I am convinced it’s waterproof :-)

  • Matt says:

    Chris,

    I just stumbled across this site. Your bike looks great! I am going through a midlife crisis and have lots of time on my hands. I am in Florida but need OUT for a few months or perhaps years. I looked at the Trek 520 and this frame and decided on the LHT because I wanted a tire wider than 32. I am an idiot regarding what I need to outfit the bike and where to have it built. Can you post your specs? Do you or anyone know where to start to get one built? My local shop is too busy selling carbon bikes and doesn’t seem particularly motivated and I have no clue where to find someone to build this. Any comments would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks.

    Matt in Orlando

  • Alan says:

    @Matt

    Rick at Gold Country Cyclery built my custom LHT and he does a superb job. You can access his website here: Gold Country

    You might also get in touch with Bryan at Renaissance Bicycles. He specializes in custom builds of this sort and just finished up a custom LHT: Renaissance LHT

    I hope that helps!
    Alan

  • Chris Cummings says:

    @Matt

    My specs are whatever a complete bike comes with. I had my local bike shop order it for me. They purchase from QBP (quality bike parts) supplier. They are now considering stocking one bike for the floor as a demo. They were impressed with the VALUE of the components. Nothing fancy-but very functional-just like the frame. Check with your LBS and see if they can order you one.

    Chris

  • Syd Hill says:

    Nice Bike. I am thinking of doing a southern tier USA ride. I am interested in gearing a LHT lower. Rather than going the expense of totally comerical, I am thinking of ordering it stock and changing the crank with a Shimano deor XT 22/32/42T. Can you tell me more about your custome build so I can decide which is the way to go. What crank did you get?

 
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