More on my new Surly Long Haul Trucker

So I went for a 30+ mile ride today.  The road was wet, as it’s been raining for a couple of days now.   The fenders, though, worked great.  A little spray around the ankles, but otherwise dry.  I rode out to Oak Ridge, then turned north on highway B, because it looked rainy to the south.  Good choice.  It cleared up some, the sky was blue, the sun even peeped out occasionally.  I made a loop by taking KK to D and D back to Oak Ridge.

When I got to the hill entering Pocahontas, I shifted onto the smallest chainring in order to be ready for the dog.  He wasn’t out, though.  The other day I was on that hill and the dog came running out barking, got halfway across his yard, and just stopped dead and turned around.  I don’t know if he was daunted by my having squirted him with my water bottle last time he came after me, or if he could sense that I’d bought Dog Mace.  In any case he hasn’t actually come close enough to me to get pepper-sprayed since I bought the stuff, so I’m happy.

I did find out, though, that in the lowest gear combination (30 x 32) the chain rubs on the front corner of the rear fender.  I’m going to have to customize it a bit.

Otherwise, looks great.  I’m planning to ride to work tomorrow and then ride in the Fair Parade with the SEMO Climate Protection gang.

One Response to “More on my new Surly Long Haul Trucker”

  1. Allen says:

    Woops, I thought the largest cog was a 32. While cleaning the chain I discovered that it’s actually a 34. And I was successful in using a hot knife to “customize” the fender appropriately.

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