About a year ago I started looking for a commuter bike. I was riding my Soma Rush at the time and commuting via Metro. I wanted a bike that I could run fenders on and possibly go on some trips. I had done some research and found the Surly Long Haul Trucker to be the best bike for the money.
I ordered the complete LHT and had to wait an agonizing month for it’s arrival. The only things I added to the complete build were a Chris King Headset, Brooks B-17 Saddle, Planet Bike Fenders, Tubus Logo Rear Rack, Old Man Mountain Ultimate Lowrider and Pletscher Kickstand. I was looking at joining a friend on his tour at the time so I ordered some Arkel Panniers as well. Here’s a pic from the day I brought her home.
I started commuting on the bike and after only a few rides I had to switch out the tires. Too many flats. I installed some Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires and matching Schwalbe tubes. The tires are heavy, but I haven’t had any tire issues if you know what I mean. I don’t want to jinx myself.
I’ve ridden almost 2000 miles on the LHT since then. I’ve made some more changes to the build. The bike now sports a Salsa seatpost (more adjustable), Dinotte Lighting, Nitto Randonneur bars, Nitto Extra Bar, Front Avid V-Brake and Shimano M324 Pedals.
Overall I love this bike. As a commuter it’s king. I haven’t had a chance to do any tours yet, but I’m sure it’s great there too. My only complaint is that it’s a heavy bike. I’ve been doing more fun/club rides and the LHT is not the best bike for that. At least the way mine is built. I guess if I removed the rack/fenders/kickstand everytime I wanted to do rides like that it would be better. However, that’s not what this bike is for. It’s my commuter and long distance bike.
Latest build. (Minus the new V-Brake)