The Surly Long Haul Trucker (aka, the “LHT”) is an extremely popular touring bike. It also seems to be gaining in popularity among commuters and city-dwellers who either build it up from a frameset or modify the factory build to better suit urban riding. I think this popularity owes itself to the fact that the LHT hits a price/quality sweet spot while providing great versatility.
Our friends Tammy and Logan of Rowdy Kittens own a pair of LHTs they built from scratch as car replacements (that’s Logan’s LHT shown above). And if you’re a regular reader of EcoVelo, you’ve undoubtedly seen the LHT I modified from a stock build for use as my everyday utility bike. There are also a number of LHTs in our Bike Gallery, each uniquely set-up to meet the needs of the owner. So while it may not have the panache of some of the new urban offerings with their internal gear hubs, belt drives, wood fenders and so on, this Plain Jane does a nice job of meeting the needs of a wide variety of riders.