New Surly Long Haul Trucker

As indicated elsewhere, my sturdy 2003 Long Haul Trucker never made it home from the tour of Syria, Jordan, and Egypt. I immediately had the LBS order a replacement, which arrived in less than a week. Today I got around to adding a few last bits and baubles to it.

I was aiming to realize an utterly reliable expedition touring bike that has a classic look, thus the Trucker in black without decals and with a brown leather saddle and matching tape.

It is a size 54 so has 26″ wheels which in any case I would have specified. It is their stock complete bike excepting: Schwalbe Big Apple tires, a Selle An-Atomica Titanico saddle and tape, a Velo Orange Retro bottle cage, MKS Grip King (Lambda) pedals, and an Old Man Mountain front rack fitted to the rear.

I selected the rack because of its light weight, compact design, and track record of reliability in my experience.  It was trivial to move the attachments at the bottom of the rack outboard, so as to accommodate the greater width of the rear triangle over the front fork. I also mounted the rack to the rack eyelets rather than with the provided skewer, which, of course, would have been too short since it is designed to clear the front hub. I used 32mm steel bolts.

Compare to the old LHT.