New Bike

So I got the new bike, and this morning I put on the aero bars, rear rack, and computer. Here it is:

New Surly Long Haul Trucker

And another view:

New Surly Long Haul Trucker

In answer to the obvious question, yes, it weighs a ton.  35 pounds as shown here, including seat bag full o’ tools.   As opposed to 22 pounds for my Giant OCR1.  However, it’s exceedingly comfortable to ride, and the wheels are fairly light, which means that the rolling resistance isn’t bad.   And that rear rack is rated to hold 80 pounds.   I plan to be using this bike for my commute to work, as well as any long distance ventures that are coming up.

I had a 20 mile ride on it yesterday, but today it’s raining, so I’m going to have to wait.  Besides, I have a splitting sinus headache from allergies.  Aargh.

9 Responses to “New Bike”

  1. Joel says:

    Alan,

    Nice looking bike, logged on here just to see if you had it posted yet. Been thinking about a good utility/touring bike. I have and old cannondale tourer, but my tire choices are limited due to lack of cantilever brakes.

    Joel

  2. Cabell says:

    I like the color. And it’s a nice rack.

  3. Allen says:

    Joel — Yeah, I could put almost any conceivable tire on this bike, with the cantilever brakes and the wide fork and chainstay spacing.

    Cabell — As a matter of fact, the rack, from Surly Bikes, is called exactly that — nice rack.

  4. Reno says:

    Pretty bike!

    I’ve been meaning to ask — does your writing about using this to tour mean you’re not going to keep touring with the trailer? Or are you simply expanding your options so you can carry even *more* weight, like the 12 gallons of water you’ll need for biking across Nevada?

  5. Allen says:

    I’m keeping my options open re touring. But I am thinking that for most trips, panniers will probably do it. I actually think I may use the trailer more for shopping locally.

  6. Allen says:

    I’m keeping my options open re touring. But I am thinking that for most trips, panniers will probably do it. I actually think I may use the trailer more for shopping locally. As for cycling across Nevada, I’m hoping for a support vehicle.

  7. Reno says:

    I’m hoping for a support vehicle too, but given that the last one bailed on me…

    One of the new plans is to cache water.

  8. Allen says:

    Well, I could actually pull the trailer with the touring bike, and the trailer can carry 70 pounds. However, if I’ve got 70 pounds on the trailer plus stuff in the panniers, I’m not sure I can go fast enough to keep from falling over. At least, not uphill.

  9. Allen says:

    Oh, and Joel, according to Surly, a frame in your size would accommodate 700c x 45 (without fenders) or x 42 (with). Those are honkers. For mine, which takes 26 in. wheels, I can use up to 2.1 inch tires. Also big mothers.

    Of course, if you really want fatties, Surly makes the Pugsley frame, which will take up to 4″ tires.

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