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Old 07-28-13, 07:45 PM   #1
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Long Haul Trucker - Geek Slayer?? (VIDEO)

I switched over to commuting on my Surly Long Haul Trucker instead of my Cinelli road bike at the end of July. Day one I swung by the Lakefront with zero intent to bag a TriGeek as my Trucker is not exactly the fastest horse in the barn.

Just by chance a lone geek persisted in overtaking me eastbound with a nice tailwind. Eventually, when I thought he looked tired enough (in my rear-view mirror), I let him roll in front of the camera. The rest, as they say, is history - recorded for your enjoyment.

Ride Safe...HAVE FUN!

http://vimeo.com/71218407

Any questions?
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Old 07-28-13, 08:28 PM   #2
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I switched over to commuting on my Surly Long Haul Trucker instead of my Cinelli road bike at the end of July. Day one I swung by the Lakefront with zero intent to bag a TriGeek as my Trucker is not exactly the fastest horse in the barn.

Just by chance a lone geek persisted in overtaking me eastbound with a nice tailwind. Eventually, when I thought he looked tired enough (in my rear-view mirror), I let him roll in front of the camera. The rest, as they say, is history - recorded for your enjoyment.

Ride Safe...HAVE FUN!

http://vimeo.com/71218407

Any questions?
Popcorn? Check.

I look forward to multi-page butt hurt about to unfold.
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Old 07-28-13, 08:54 PM   #3
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Joey, I have NEVER enjoyed "Keep On Truckin' " as much as I did watching this video! It was always one of those 'exploit the fad' numbers from the 70's....
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Never been into racing just a commuter/tourer, but few seem to realize that people who ride (sometimes lots of miles) every day aren't to be written off.

...edited to add, that's a nice looking LHT.
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Old 07-28-13, 09:23 PM   #5
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Ouch, passed by a guy with a basket! The only way you could make this any more embarrassing would be to fill the basket with milk jugs, oranges, etc. before you go.

In any case, this guy will likely never be back, at least not in the same outfit.
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Old 07-28-13, 10:18 PM   #6
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I look forward to multi-page butt hurt about to unfold.
I hope we are past that by now. Most of the questions have been answered.

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I have NEVER enjoyed "Keep On Truckin' " as much as I did watching this video!
Been waiting YEARS to use it. Finally had the perfect opportunity present itself. I started singing it in my head while rounding that last curve and knew I would use it.

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...few seem to realize that people who ride (sometimes lots of miles) every day aren't to be written off.
Yeah, some of the fastest riders I know are car free and forced to ride everywhere, in all weather, no matter how they feel at the time. Most of the local TriGeeks ride to their training grounds (and everywhere else) in air conditioned comfort on four wheels.

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Thanks! If I could only keep one bike, my LHT would be the one, hands down, no debate.

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The only way you could make this any more embarrassing would be to fill the basket with milk jugs, oranges, etc. before you go.
I think a barking Toy Poodle with painted toe nails would be even better.

BTW...did you notice the Electra hibiscus print flowered fenders?


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Old 07-28-13, 10:32 PM   #7
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May I ask what helmet that is you are wearing?
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Old 07-28-13, 10:47 PM   #8
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May I ask what helmet that is you are wearing?
Bell Super

I switched the visor with another color. I have the visor from a blue helmet on the bright green one. The green color is not so yellowish as this photo. More like a neon "Kelly" green.

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Old 07-29-13, 06:26 AM   #9
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Made my monday morning.
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Next challenge, hunt a geek on your Pugsley! LOL
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Next challenge, hunt a geek on your Pugsley! LOL
It's been done. Lack of video evidence has kept me from mentioning it previously. 30 psi makes the tires rock hard and it is surprising to my friends who ride with me how able the Pugs is to keep up at moderate speeds. The main problem using it for geek hunting is my gearing. I run out of top end and have to spin like crazy over 20 mph.

Anyway, it's gonna happen on film one day I promise you.
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Old 07-29-13, 07:05 AM   #12
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Fat tire Surly commuters everywhere raise a glass to toast you!
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That is one nice bike. Your an animal Joey. Great video and performance on your part.
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Very nice LHT. It looks very practical and functional. Love the colour and the top tube protector and the camo handlebar wrap.
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Very nice LHT. It looks very practical and functional. Love the colour and the top tube protector and the camo handlebar wrap.
Obviously this is my main commuter/utilitarian bike - the camo tape is a constant reminder that I am at "war" out there in traffic and to keep alert and my head on a swivel.

BTW...the LHT is set up (saddle/bars/pedals) exactly the same as my road bike, so swapping back and forth is not some huge transition. The LHT is like a medicine ball to a basketball player. After humping along with traffic on a 35lb bike with cushy tires for a while my road bike feels like it is full of helium when I get on it.
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Thanks for the cheer! That video was entertaining. When I was a kid we had an 8-track tape of 20 great trucking songs, and that was one of them.
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You're in great physical shape for a guy over 50. I wonder how the geeks feel when they are being passed by a guy wearing loose baggy camo cargo shorts riding a heavy utiliterian bike.
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That is truly impressive. Great job!
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Nice!
I was wondering this morning why you picked the Long Haul Trucker over the Crosscheck? It seems like that would be a better bike for hammering over potholes and rough pavement.
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Awesome video !!! Best one yet.
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Nice!
I was wondering this morning why you picked the Long Haul Trucker over the Crosscheck? It seems like that would be a better bike for hammering over potholes and rough pavement.
I also do long distance touring, sometimes a few months at a time but mostly weekends right now. Trucker also accepts 26" tires so before 29 became so prevalent the trucker accepted off road tires better than a Crosscheck which, if I am not mistaken, only was available in 700C at the time.
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I knew he was gonna crack like an egg at the levee crossing! It's kinda cruelly funny! He started spinning so fast I thought his chain fell off.

But, JB, I have a pro triathalon woman friend who is aware of your hunting grounds, and she's planning a trip to NOLA soon anyway. She might just take her tri-bike and full geek regalia along for a "Joey hunt" on the weekend- I'll post a copy here if it's successful:

CHICKED! Minus 10,000 points!
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But, JB, I have a pro triathalon woman friend who is aware of your hunting grounds, and she's planning a trip to NOLA soon anyway. She might just take her tri-bike and full geek regalia along for a "Joey hunt" on the weekend- I'll post a copy here if it's successful:

CHICKED! Minus 10,000 points!
I have never been Chicked, although I know the day is coming. The girls at the lakefront have actually come the closest in the past. Some have pushed me really hard the entire five miles.
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