Gallery: David’s Surly Long Haul Trucker

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[David sent us this photo of his Surly LHT. —ed.]

Surly Long Haul Trucker: Brooks B67 seat, Nitto Albatross handlebars and Tubus Cargo rack posing on the Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver, British Columbia. This setup makes the LHT a very nice commuter bike but the drop bar that comes with the LHT would be better for touring because a drop bar has more hand positions and is more aerodynamic. The white tape on the rims is 3M Scotchlite reflective tape.

This bike was purchased at the Fairfield Bicycle Shop in Victoria, British Columbia. I wrote a blurb at CrazyGuyonaBike about the bridge where the picture was taken.

David

16 Responses to “Gallery: David’s Surly Long Haul Trucker”

  • Logan Smith says:

    If you are interested in the qualities of both a drop bar and the upright A-bar you may want to seek out the Origin 8 “drop bar ends”. They are meant to turn a flat bar into a drop bar but I think may work on your set up as well. I also have Albatross bars on my LHT and I’ve been considering adding these to get a more hybrid feel. :)

  • John says:

    That is a nice bike. I’ve had my LHT since 24th November 2010 but did not use it until the 27th of December because of the snow in Dublin. I got the one with 26″ wheels in black with drop handlebars as I wanted it for touring and I changed the stock saddle for a Brooks B17 Flyer.

    It is very smooth and is very comfortable, I have gone on group rides on it of 50KM and up the mountains a few times. The only niggle I have with it is the cantilever brakes; they are not great for stopping on steep hills. So if I had a full load for touring it might be awkward on those steep mountain roads. I would like to get a dynamo lighting set for it next.

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Randobarf says:

    Logan, I have other touring bikes with drop bars. I just want people to be aware that there is a reason the LHT comes with drop bars and if they switch to upright bars they are going to have to get a sprung seat and they will be sacrificing wind resistance and hand positions. That being said there are apparently people who tour with Albatross bars. You can also tape the curved part of the Albatross and use that as an extra hand position rather than installing secondary bars.

    While I am on the topic I would like to make a general public announcement about handlebars to any newbie tourists who may be reading this:

    Do not tour with mountain bike flat bars! They will wreck your hands! They are not for touring! If I see you doing that I will be angry!

    Even the Albatross bars are better for touring than mountain bike bars.

  • Randobarf says:

    John have you tried Kool Stop salmon brake pads? I find the braking on the LHT to be very good with the Kool Stops. The brake pads that come with bikes are usually awful, especially the Shimano brake pads.

    Also, oops, by default I accidentally used my randonneur name Randobarf. My real name is David Cambon and that is indeed my Long Haul Trucker in the picture.

  • John says:

    Hi David ,I have heard about the Kool stops Brake pads on the Surly Google Group and also using V Brakes but I will try the Kool stops first.

    I had a couple of Bikes with Flat Bars and suffered from Numb Hands Syndrome even with Gloves so I second what you say.I had to put my Hands in the Vertical position resting on the Bars to give them ease while holding the Bars with my Thumbs,this happened on long trips only and not in the City. I have a Dawes Audax with drop Bars and now also the Surly and I do not get the Numb Hands anymore also the Surly is a bit more higher and so is better for my back on long trips.

  • Seamus King says:

    Looking at how low down is the saddle, I say you got one that is too big.

    I did as well.

    Those rear lights. Can the motorist see them.

  • Randobarf says:

    John, you may also wish to check that your rims have not been glazed over by your previous brake pads. 99% isopropyl alcohol will usually remove glazing.

    I wish everybody was aware of what types of handlebars are best for touring and also how to use those handlebars. Even with drop bars tourists should change their hand positions often to avoid nerve compression. Gel gloves, Cork RIbbon and substantial brake hoods also help.

    Some people with back pain might benefit from a sprung saddle, like a Brooks B67. The B67 could be used with drop bars if the bars are high enough. Sprung seats are heavy but the B67 is oh-so-plush! Normally I hate Brooks saddles but I like the B67.

  • Randobarf says:

    Seamus, perhaps that saddle looks low because it’s a B67? The frame is the right size for me. I could have gone one size smaller but then I would have had a longer steerer tube extension and a longer stem.

    The motorists can see those rear lights as long as I don’t put anything on top of the pannier rack. They are Planet Bike Superflashes with lithium batteries (slightly better blink than alkaline batteries). I have other lights for more serious night riding (DiNotte 200R’s) and other light mounting setups.

  • Micheal Blue says:

    Dave, nice bike with beautiful blue colour. It’s little bit unusual to see these handlebars on LHT. I use butterfly handlebars. They have many different hand positions and allow reasonably good aeorynamic position. Their disadvantage is it’s hard to attach a mirror to them.

  • Alan says:

    I’ve noticed that the B67 is unusually tall from rails to top; consequently it requires the seatpost to be adjusted lower than with most other saddles.

  • Alan says:

    @Michael Blue

    “It’s little bit unusual to see these handlebars on LHT.”

    It’s not that unusual… ;-)

    http://www.ecovelo.info/2008/06/30/gallery-alans-surly-long-haul-trucker/

  • dominic furfaro says:

    David,
    Responding to:
    “While I am on the topic I would like to make a general public announcement about handlebars to any newbie tourists who may be reading this:”……I would also add, .the trend in the bike industry towards “fast commuter” with flat bars has fooled even the most experienced of us. Hey, on another note: I like bar end reverse brake levers and friction thumb shifters on Albatross or Nitto North Roads.

  • Randobarf says:

    Dominic, I think we should form an angry mob with pitchforks and torches and we should march somewhere and burn someone at the stake for causing flat handlebars on commuter bikes. Flat handlebars are on commuter bikes because they are cheap to manufacture and people fall for it every time. I could swear that flat handlebars are a conspiracy to prevent bike commuting.

  • Pete says:

    Nice bike – I just got my LHT in the same \Electric\ blue.

    Bar choice is completely dependent on personal preference and riding situation. Many people tour with bars other than drops, including flat bars, trekking bars, etc, and if it works for them, fine. I have a short, urban commute and prefer a slightly swept flat bar on my LHT. The upright position gives me better visibility in traffic and I much prefer MTB brake levers in \hairy\ situations. My other bike, meant for longer distances, has drop bars.
    Kent Peterson likes Ergon GC3 grips – similar to bullhorn bars – and he doesn’t seem to have any problems riding long distances!

  • Randobarf says:

    Alan, I just noticed that your Long Haul Trucker is set up exactly the way I set up my Long Haul Trucker! They are even (almost) the same color! Eeek! I want to make it clear to all Ecovelo readers that I am not Alan’s stalker! I may have seen the posting about Alan’s LHT and then forgot about it. Or perhaps we both have the same excellent taste in bike parts by sheer coincidence. I don’t wear the same clothes as Alan (probably) and I don’t have the same haircut as Alan! I do wish I could take bike photos like Alan but I am not his stalker!

  • Pete says:

    @ Randobarf- Don’t feel bad – since I started reading this blog I now have a blue LHT…AND…an orange Sam Hillborne!!
    Time to start an EcoVelo Addicts support group…

 
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