Touring - How does the LHT ride unloaded?
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06-11-05, 04:03 PM
Any LHT riders that can offer opinions on how the LHT rides unloaded? I'd like to build one, but plan to do more riding unloaded, with an occasional tour, and light tour at that.
I can probably answer that question in 2-3 weeks time, since that's when I expect my LHT to be completed. I ordered frame and parts a couple of days ago, and the last bits will arrive late June.
But I'm sure others will have helped you long before that. :)
06-11-05, 08:03 PM
It rides great. Very stable. It may end up being my only bike.
06-11-05, 09:59 PM
I use mine for occasional commutes to work & rides around the countryside. It is VERY smooth & stable. It doesn't accellerate particularly well - you won't win any county line sprints on it - but it will give you confidence descending at speed.
06-12-05, 12:36 AM
it feels a bit twitchy when going downhill, but thatīs probably because iīm using drop bar and have not yet get used to it.
06-12-05, 07:41 AM
Rides like it's on rails. Loaded OR unloaded, bedrock stability. 40 miles an hour downhill, with a load or without, the Long Haul Trucker is SOLID. That's my experience, anyway.
I have 700 x 37 tires on mine, 36 spoke wheels and it is by far the smoothest bike I have ridden loaded or unloaded. I agree that it is not the fastest in acceleration probably because of the weight though. If I had to have only one bike this is definatly the one I'd have.
It's not that heavy...
I'll be building one in a couple of weeks, and when I add up the weight off all the parts, mine will end up at around 28 lbs. And that includes half a kg of "misc" weight, plus fenders and a rear rack!
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