Hello all, I am a complete newb on bike mechanics. I am hoping someone can help me out.
I bought a Surly LHT just last month and rode on my first tour with it. On the way, I experienced two main problems:
1) Sometimes when I switch to the lowest gear (the one when you ride up a steep hill), the chain would completely fall out and I end up pedaling freely. I don't know why it does that! It is very annoying.
2) On the 2nd and 3rd gear at between 3 and 6 speeds (I have 3 x 9 -- 27 total), the chain skips constantly. It's not staying on the rear derailleur! It started doing that as I went on my 3rd day of my tour.
The bike did not see rain until the 4th day and that was the only day which it rained. So what's going on? Does this bike need to be serviced or something? I barely rode it -- no more than 400 miles.