Gallery: Scot’s Surly Long Haul Trucker

Scot's LHT

[Scot sent us this photo of his Long Haul Trucker. —ed.]

This is my Surly Long Haul Trucker. I bought it new on eBay built with Deore group components. I use it as a daily everything bike, for fitness, and sometimes for the long commute, 50 miles round trip, to work. I ride between 18 and 50 miles per day for fitness and weight loss. I have lost 65 pounds since Thanksgiving of 2010. To celebrate I ordered a new Rivendell A. Homer Hilsen which is being built as I type this. I hope to have it by the end of June. I have no intention of retiring this bike. I still love my Surly and it will become strictly a commuter and foul weather bike.

The Surly originally came with a Flyer sprung saddle which I sold and replaced with a B17 and I also replaced the SPD pedals with MKS touring pedals and added a Busch and Müller sidewall dynamo and lights, Zimbale bag and Nashbar panniers.


12 Responses to “Gallery: Scot’s Surly Long Haul Trucker”

  • Surly Dave says:

    Wow! I have an LHT almost exactly the same. It’s a lovely bike. If I could only have one bike, it would be this.

  • Pirate Velo says:

    I just ordered a LHT to make my touring mothership. Great job on the weightless by the way. That is awesome.

  • Graham says:

    I keep seeing all these amazing photos of LHT… do you people know something I don’t? Maybe I’ll have to check them out myself!

  • John says:

    This build looks like it has the 26″ wheels…am I correct?

  • Nico Forte says:

    Nice looking bike. This color is one of my favorites and I think the bike looks great without the Surly decals. I took most of mine off the other day. Congrats on loosing all that weight, I think the AHH is a well-deserved reward.

  • Pete says:

    The LHT is no secret. It happens to be a great value in transport bikes and is an ideal platform for personalization.
    And, yeah, I’ve got one too!

  • Kim says:

    I have a question about the B17s (or any leather saddle, for that matter!) I have admired the look of the Brooks saddles for quite a while now, and I was wondering how people found them in wet weather? Do they require much protection from the wet, or are they quite hardy? I live in Auckland, New Zealand – and it rains heavily much of the year, so if the leather cracks or rots in the wet… unfortunately those beauties won’t be much of an option for me.

    I don’t mean leaving them uncovered while parked and it’s raining… more like just riding them in torrential rain :P

  • Pete says:

    I you have decent rain gear your body and clothes will keep the saddle reasonably dry from above. You really need good fenders to keep it getting soaked from below. Add a decent cover when you are off the bike and it should be fine. The Brooks Proofide treatment improves the water resistance of the leather somewhat.
    If you store the bike indoors and the leather is not permanently wet the saddle should hold up.

  • Pirate Velo says:

    @Kim There are lots of Books look-a-likes out there and many are synthetic not-real leather. If you are worried about the rain try one of them. They will cost you less and give the look you want. But you will lose the big advantage of the real books in that it forms to your butt for an ultra comfy fit. I think something like the San Marko Regal saddle might be synthetic but you would have to double check.

  • Kim says:

    @Pete, Pirate Velo – Thanks guys for your suggestions! I did read about the leather forming abilities that everyone raves about – I don’t usually ride for an ultra-long time but it does seem like a good investment. I will check out that San Marko saddle though; thanks again.

  • jeff stewart says:

    @ Graham, Ride one! I love mine!

  • Scot says:

    Yes John those are 26 in wheels XT hubs/Mavic rims
    Thanks for the nice responses to my bike. It serves me well. I have not had any issue with the moisture on my saddle but I do use a cover when it is raining and the fenders keep the bottom dry.

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