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My Surly Long Haul Trucker Touring Bike

Surly Long Haul Trucker

My Surly Long Haul Trucker Touring Bike

In the weeks, months and hopefully years to come, I’m going to start yapping about touring, camping and all things “adventure biking.”   First thing up is of course the bike!

Welcome my Surly Long Haul Trucker

When I started this build I originally started it as a short distance commuter. The front end was very upright and not very efficient for the long haul, no pun intended. As my commute and need for a longer, faster, ride I swapped out the front end of the bike for a mountain bike flat bar, Ergon grips and longer stem.

The bike has been changed for a week and I’m really enjoying it.  The first test will be a sub 24 hour overnight this weekend (S24o) when I ride to a nearby park to go camping.

Main details of the build:
Surly Long Haul Trucker
26″ wheel 54cm size
Long pull Shimano brake levers
Flat handlebar (Bontrager Big Sweep)
110mm x 17º stem
3×9 with Paul Thumbies and Shimano Dura Ace Bar End
Crank Brothers 50/50 Pedals
Bontrager Rear Rack
Thomson Seatpost
Bontrager Inform RL Saddle
Stock Surly build other than above

  • Aaron
    Posted at 18:54h, 22 September Reply

    That’s one of the more unique builds I’ve seen. I’m curious why you opted for handlebars with one riding position? I’ve got the stock drops on my LHT, and really appreciated them when I rode the Seattle to Portland Classic over the summer. I have considered a different setup, considering it’s primarily a commuter.

    • Conn
      Posted at 11:52h, 24 September

      I had the same thought. On long rides being able to move your hands around is key. Especially stuff like the STP. I couldn’t imagine riding it without them.

    • Bike Shop Girl
      Posted at 11:07h, 25 September

      MTB bars/Curved bars debate

      I’ve done 100+ milers on my mtb and feel rather comfortable on the flat bar setup. Not that I have anything negative about drop bars, I ride them daily. I just find for the longer haul + need for utility for commuting, I like the straight bar. We’ll see what I think longer term!

  • Triangle Bicycle Commuter
    Posted at 09:33h, 27 September Reply

    I use a MTB style bar with a fair bit of sweep/rise. I like the way it makes me a little more upright on my commute and a little higher.

    I want to hear more about the Crank Brothers 50/50 pedals. I was going to try some but the shop guys (versus the sales guys) at my local REI said some people had not been happy with the quality of theirs.

    Looking forward to the S24O report.

  • Lindsey Reyes
    Posted at 22:36h, 15 June Reply

    I would love to see a review on the disc trucker. I am debating between the Surly Disc Trucker, Cinelli Bootleg Hobo, and the Long Haul Trucker. My husband and I are planning on doing quite a few 2-week long tours on various terrain. Thanks! Any advice would be appreciated!

  • Melissa @ HerGreenLife
    Posted at 15:53h, 03 April Reply

    I’ve been thinking about a LHT, but not sure I want drop bars, so nice to see someone else using a different handlebar set-up. Wish I could still get this frame color, though!

  • aldavison
    Posted at 06:15h, 03 July Reply

    My wife is considering a Disc Trucker. I have one. Neither of us can ride drop bars due to chronic hand issues. Flat bars or (like mine) MTB bars with a rise is an excellent solution paired with Ergon grips and bar ends that provide additional hand positions. Handlebars are infinitely changeable. Never let the bars decide your bike choice. You could mount a steering wheel from a car or a tiller on a bike if you really needed to. 😉

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