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    Long Haul Truckers...

    How do you like the LHT's and what do you use it for? What would you improve/upgrade?
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    you can find this info in the review section

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    Quick answer: Do some digging and you'll see the near cult status of the LHT. Have someone properly fit one to you and you'll see why so many love 'em.

    I'm 5'8" and a 50cm LHT fits me like a glove. Could ride a 52, also. Mine's new this year, but I've used it in a duathlon, multiple long distance rides, sprint training, and general errand running (when I'm not using the Goat).

    I had the means and time to upgrade several things on mine, but the complete bike, available from Surly, is a really great build that will serve you quite well.

    I swapped the drops for Modolo Yuma Traveler bars, among other changes:




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    I love my bike. Since this picture, I've added a generator front wheel and headlight plus a frame pump. I still haven't done a tour but I ride it around town a lot.

    There's more LHT discussion at google groups: http://groups.google.com/group/SurlyLHT/

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    I love mine. Only had it a few weeks, but I've commuted to work, done some group rides (20+ mph) and some solo rides (not quite as fast!).

    I wish I would have purchased it sooner.

    I would have thought the 58 would be too big for me, but it is right on. Make sure you go to a shop that can fit you properly.

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    Commuting, daytrips, shopping, fitness rides, fun rides, family rides, kid-trailer pulling, even a little mountain biking (though the low, low bb makes that one a little challenging). Ironically, about the only thing I haven't done is fully loaded multi-day tour. But this thing will last forvever, so plenty of time for that. Oh, I haven't ever raced it either.
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    i just scored a 42cm LHT frame in olive green for my wife for $230.

    sweet!

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    where

    JCT,
    Where ?!? PM me please if you have to. Thanks !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sac29
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    Where ?!? PM me please if you have to. Thanks !
    ebay! lots of good deals. keep checking.

    also, i've seen some really nice deals on LHTs and CCs on craigslist in the bay area.

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    thanks !

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    You guys have some nice truckers! I think we should turn this into a long haul picture thread, I searched and we don't have one yet. Everyone, post your LHT!

    I finally finished my LHT, here's some of the upgrades I've made:

    -Race Face Turbine Crankset
    -XT Front Derailleur
    -Paul's Thumbies
    -Cane Creek V-Brake Levers
    -Avid Single Digit 7 V-Brakes
    -Salsa Brake Disrupters
    -Salsa Stem
    -Chris King Headset
    -Brooks Professional Saddle
    -Crank Brothers Stainless Eggbeaters
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    Once you do the Paul Thumbies, it's hard to get excited about the latest Star Trekkish thing called shifters.

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    Thumbies, along with my salsa brake disruptors, have been the most useful upgrades I have done. They really improve the comfort and functionality of riding.

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    Get on it...get out there...


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    LHT size!

    hey mangoman...I visited your Monster Trucker Flickr Album last night and saw a particular thing...all your bikes are 18" but then you choose a 50cm LHT!! why is that? can you please enlighten me...why not a 54cm or may be a 52cm...but a 50!!? isn't that too small?...you should be at least 5' 8" and 31" inseam to have chosen 18" as your main MTB size...

    Thanks!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by martinsillo
    hey mangoman...I visited your Monster Trucker Flickr Album last night and saw a particular thing...all your bikes are 18" but then you choose a 50cm LHT!! why is that? can you please enlighten me...why not a 54cm or may be a 52cm...but a 50!!? isn't that too small?...you should be at least 5' 8" and 31" inseam to have chosen 18" as your main MTB size...

    Thanks!!

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    Martin,

    I could easily fit a 52cm LHT and had I preferred a little more stretch, that would have been a great choice. However, after a nearly 3 hour fitting by the best road bike shop in town (known for it's fittings), we concluded that a 50cm LHT would be the best overall fit for what I wanted (long slow distance touring with a preference for being more upright).

    700+ miles later, no complaints: no knee pain, no discomfort...just a comfortable bicycle that I can ride for hours. Granted, I've tweaked some details: adding the Modolo Yuma Traveler bar, a Brooks B-17 (finally broken in). But I give the most credit to a thorough, detailed fitting.

    And I am 5'8".

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    thanks mangoman.. is always good to know this kind of things.. regards... Martin.... (I'm 5' 9" with 32" inseam)
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    here's one to compliment your's mangoman:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sizzler
    here's one to compliment your's mangoman:
    Indeed! Beautiful, idyllic shot.

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    Pastoral . . . I hung that swing for my sister's family and snapped a quick picture with my phone when I was done.

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    Sizzler - You're using Salsa Brake Disrupters with Avid Single Digit 7 V-Brakes - do you find they pull enough cable to work well with the avid "V"s ? - salsacycles.com just says "Cantilever compatible",

    I'm interested because I have 287V / Single Digit 7s on my Cross Check.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theindividualist
    Sizzler - You're using Salsa Brake Disrupters with Avid Single Digit 7 V-Brakes - do you find they pull enough cable to work well with the avid "V"s ? - salsacycles.com just says "Cantilever compatible",

    I'm interested because I have 287V / Single Digit 7s on my Cross Check.
    The salsa brake disruptors work very well with v brakes, but they do feel different than when used with cantis. When you pull the levers, they are more squishy but because v-brakes are so much better, the levers apply as much or more braking power than when used with the cantis, the difference is just in the feel. In fact, I can now pull the levers about halfway and lock up the wheels, which I could never have done with cantis. All that said, I have never considered them safe to use in an emergency stopping situation. If a car pulls in front of me, I always reach for my aero levers.

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    Here is my trucker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by christianxlaura
    Christian, which handlebars and shifters are you using?

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