Author Topic: Have you customized your Surly Long Haul Trucker and how did it benefit you?  (Read 1386 times)

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Offline Matt Robertson

  I purchased a Surly LHT in 2014. I had it built with butterfly handlebars, wrapped in cloth tape and shellacked. I added bar extensions on both sides of the upper section of the bars and added mirrors to both of those. The mirrors are't nearly as useful as I had expected, but they aren't a big deal. I also replaced the cassette with a Shimano 11-36 and replaced the lower chainring with a 22T ring. I put trigger shifters on it, along with ergo grips. The original saddle was a Brooks sprung saddle that never once felt comfortable. I recently replaced that with a Seller Anatomica H2. The original Conti tires were ok, but I replaced them with a set of 42mm Tour Ride tires. I also had a wheel built using the original front rim around a Shimano dynamo hub. I added a Busch und Müller Lumotec Fly Senso Plus headlamp (still planning to add a tail lamp before 2020).

 What have you done to your Surly LHT and how has it benefited you? Have you made changes that you later found were superfluous or unneeded?

Offline Tandem Tom

I switched after our cross country tour and a European tour from butterfly bars to a Velo Orange Crazy Bar. I have ridden  it across Canada and 2 Europe tours and just returned from a 3 month Europe tour a few days ago.
Plenty of hand positions and I like to have my hands/ arm spread out for fast descending and for rough tracks.

Offline Matt Robertson

Have you used the shellacked cloth tape and have you noticed any discomfort with that? Even with gloves, my hands ache after about 30 minutes on my bike. I love riding, but I would love to do it comfortably. I really liked the VO Crazy Bar when I was putting my bike together and the decision was pretty close between the butterfly and the crazy bar. For $60, I believe I might actually give it a try and use a different type of wrap to see if I can get a comfortable fit. Thanks!

Offline Tandem Tom

I have Salsa brand bar tape on the Crazy Bars as it has some cushion to it. I have shellacked cloth tape on another bike. Don't think I would tour on the shellac tape.

Offline Matt Robertson

The guy that did my bars did an awesome job, in my opinion. I believe I will leave them as they are and remove the brake and shift levers and replace them with something, probable the Crazy Bars. I have several ideas about bar tape, but shellacked cloth tape won't be in the mix. Thanks for your help!

Offline BikeliciousBabe

Got rid of the crappy seat post. Shortened the stem. Changed the saddle. The bars have been re-taped a couple of times. Currently using supacaz. Chainrings wore out so I replaced them with a RaceFace combo that is 46-36-24. Head set needed replacing. How have a CK. Rims wore down and the rear hub was pitted. Replaced them with Deore hubs and RhynoLite rims. Kool Stop Salmon pads. Other than that, it's stock.  ;D