Aug 16 2012
Phase II: Surly Long Haul Trucker Build

I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t know a lot about cycling and my knowledge of bikes is more in the realm of those with motors. However, what I can say is that I know a shit ton about adventuring on two wheels. As I mentioned in the Phase I: Surly Long Haul Trucker Build story is that I’ve spent the better part of three decades on motorcycles—racing, riding, exploring. I still do all that but thought it might be nice to slow down the pace a little, especially since my friends at Golden Saddle Cyclery were so eager to guide me through the process of building an ultimate touring machine.

From Rivendells to the mighty Bruce Gordons, there is no shortage of heavy framed, lugged bikes out there but since this was to be my first machine I thought I’d keep it simple and stick to the well-known Surly Long Haul Trucker. After all, it seemed like every photo pictured on Loaded Touring Bikes was either a Trek or a Surly so I thought it was a safe option. A little bit of research later through my friend Russ Roca—who has committed his life to spreading bike vibes through The Pass Less Pedaled—along with some more hand holding at Golden Saddle led me to complete a base build with these components:

• Frame Surly Long Haul Trucker 2011
• Fork Surly Long Haul Trucker
• Headset Chris King Threadless
• Stem Velo Orange
• Handlebars Nitto Randoneur
• Brooks Leather Bar Tape
• Brake Levers Tektro RL520
• Brakes Shimano Deore V-Brake
• Shift Levers Shimano SL-BS77 9 Speed
• Seatpost Nitto Crystal Fellow
• Saddle Brooks B17
• Thomson Bolt on Seat Post Clamp
• Bottom Bracket Shimano Octalink
• Crankset Sugino XD2
• Chain Shimano
• Front Derailleur Shimano M-590
• Rear Derailleur Shimano M-591
• Pedals MKS Lambda
• Hub Front Shimano Dyno DH-3N72
• Hub Rear White Industries MI5
• Rims Alex Adventurer 26″
• Spokes DT Swiss 2.0
• Cassette Shimano 9 Speed 12-36
• Tires Schwalbe Marathon Wire Bead
• Cages King

Over the weekend I threw on a Crane Brass Bell because horns are too loud and yelling is rude. A Ram Mount for my iPhone 4S so I can see how out of shape I am and two King Cages because cycling makes you thirsty. I opted for thirty miles as opposed to three hundred but I think it’s safe to say I’m hooked and will be aiming high for the long road ahead while I outfit this sucker with some racks and bags.

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