Of course, YMMV.
Enjoy the ride,
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I am thinking of doing a cross country tour next summer (Sierra Cascade or Atlantic route) and looking to make some modifications to my stock-component 2009 Surly LHT, primarily to make it as comfortable as possible to climb with load for long stretches. I have done long-ish trips before (RAGBRAI, Red Ribbon Ride, and multi-day hotel camping trips with friends) but not with a loaded bike. So, my question: what is the single best modification/investment I can make to my Trucker? TIA!
If clearance allows, nylock nuts beat loctite by a long shot.
I'm curious why you think so. The only advantage of nylock nuts I can think of is the ease of installation.
You pay the going rate if you don't have the time or ability to shop competitively. Last October we paid $4.00/gallon for regular gas in California while it was only $1.78/gallon in Tennessee. However, since I needed to fill the car right then, I couldn't wait to take advantage of the potentially lower cost.