Gallery: Chuck’s Surly Long Haul Trucker

Chuck's LHT
Chuck's LHT

[Chuck sent us these photos of his Surly LHT. —ed.]

Here is a photo of my year-round commuter which I use here in Boulder, CO. I have a 15 mile commute and during the winter it is quite dark. I use some serious lighting, both dyno powered and battery powered. I ran out of handlebar room so I added a second tier of mounting space. It’s not the lightest bike out there but it is always out there!

About the build:

  • Surly Long Haul Trucker frame
  • Ultegra 6604 Triple crankset (52/39/30)
  • Ultegra triple front deraileur
  • XT 9 spd cassette (11-34)
  • Sram X-9 rear deraileur
  • XT rear hub
  • Shimano Ultegra front dynamo hub w/ Planet Bike dynamo light (since been replaced with Busch & Muller CYO Lumitec)
  • Velocity AeroHeat rims
  • Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires
  • XT V-brakes (parallel push)
  • Avid Speed Dial SL brake levers
  • Sram Double-Tap 9 spd shifter for rear
  • DuraAce downtube shifter for front
  • Scott bullhorn bars
  • Ritchie WCS Pro headset
  • Jandd Expedition rear rack
  • Blackburn front rack
  • Planet Bike fenders
  • Planet Bike Protoge 9.0 computer
  • Niterider MiNewt 700 Dual head lights
  • Velo Orange seat post
  • Terry FlyTi saddle (since been replaced with a dark tan Brooks B68)
  • Look PP296 Racing pedals
  • Blackburn Mars 4.0 tail light (don’t be looking at it when you turn it on lest you will be seeing red stars for a while)


6 Responses to “Gallery: Chuck’s Surly Long Haul Trucker”

  • Thor says:

    instead of the second stem, which looks a little cluttered to me an Aber Hallo ( with only one clamp , instead of the usual 2 ) would make a better resting place for all the gadgets…. talking about gadgets a I phone holder from Biologic is still missing :-)
    who in this case is of course biased as I sell them bits and pieces :-)

  • John L. says:

    Now that’s a year-round workhorse, Chuck!

  • Jeff says:

    I’ve never seen anything like it. Very creative!

  • voyage says:

    I think if one really, really likes the brake levers in that close, then the addition of a second stem and mini-bar to mount lights, cyclocomputer, Garmin GPS stuff, I-stuff, is a very clever and resourceful innovation. Worthy of consideration for an Ecovelo 2011 Innovation/Adaptation Award in the long commute/night touring category?

  • nate says:

    Awesome bike! I have never seen a stock LHT with a stem extended so far above the head tube.
    Did you get a LHT fame set and fork to build up your bike. I’ve wanted to use an extended stem
    like that for higher handle bars placement.

  • Rob says:

    I love the 2nd “gadget bar”. Completely worthy of a “BikeHacks” post. And, just remember, even the heaviest bike, is still lighter than even the lightest car. :)

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