noticed the Surly Long Haul Trucker doesn't get a lot of love, so
I decided to submit some pictures of mine, the surly [sic] half-breed
descendant of the XO-1, All-Rounder and Atlantis.
picked the Trucker because I wanted a 'normal' bike, not a race
bike, nor a mountain bike nor a *shudder* comfort-hybrid. It's low-tech,
but bomb-proof and there's nothing on it that I can't fix with an
allen key and a paper clip. Moreover (and this is the best part),
judicious eBay'ing, scavenging, bartering, and bargain hunting resulted
in a total build cost of less than a thousand dollars!
its initial construction this spring, I have logged over a thousand
miles via commuting daily to work and light-pack touring/randonneering
on- and off-road. My race-bike sits neglected as the Trucker gobbles
up the miles. (a Surly rack, bottle cages, Egg Beaters and plastic
fenders are bolted on when in touring mode.
pictures show the Trucker at its cleanest and simplest: commuting
mode.) If I were stuck with one bike for the rest of my life, this
would be it, because there's nothing it can't do.
Spec Highlights a.k.a. Portrait of an Ultegra/105/Dura Ace/LX/XT
Mix) 52cm Black Cherry Pearl Surly Long Haul Trucker
XT rear derailleur, Ultegra front derailleur, Dura Ace 9-speed downtube
105 cranks and 9-speed 105 cassette (50-39-30 rings, 12-25 cogs)
LX V-Brakes with Dia-Compe 287V levers mounted to Nitto Noodle bars
26" Mavic Rims and XT hubs wearing fat WTB Slickasaurus 1.5" tires
and of course... the obligatory Brooks B.17 saddle, Velo Orange
bag and generic kickstand.
for the great site,