For the past three years, my primary commuter has been a customized Surly Long Haul Trucker. It’s been a great bike, and as regular readers of the blog already know, it’s gone through a number of permutations as I’ve experimented to figure out what exactly it is I want/need in a commuter bike.
Last month, I asked our readers if they thought I should keep the LHT or sell it and move to a new project bike. The poll results overwhelmingly said I should keep it, but being the rebellious sort, I went ahead and moved forward with a new bike to be used as my primary commuter and test bed for parts and accessories.
One of the primary motivations for moving to a new bike was my desire to keep learning and sharing that information (as stated in our mission statement). I’d basically gone as far I could go with the LHT, so it felt like the right time to move to a bike showcasing the newer technologies that seem to be of such interest to our readers. While considering a variety of criteria (belt drive, internal gear hub, disc brakes, etc.), the Civia Bryant jumped out. The fact that I’d ridden a prototype in 2009 and loved it was also a plus. Long story short, I received the bike in a box on Friday, and I’ve spent the better part of the last two days getting it into shape.
I expect this bike to be my primary commuter for at least the next few years. I’m extremely excited about it in its current form, though like the LHT, I suspect it’ll go through at least a few permutations. Along the way I hope to learn a few things about these newer technologies and share that information here the blog.
[Many thanks to the folks at the Bicycle Business in Sacramento, CA for ordering the bike for us. —Alan]