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Old 10-07-10, 07:52 PM   #1
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Beautiful weather + New Long Haul Trucker..

Gonna be upper 70's lower 80's here in my part of N.C. for the next week or so. Just took my Randonee back to REI and bought a new Surly LHT in "Blacktacular"...what great timing! Seems the wife will be seeing less of me for a while. Hope everyone enjoys the nice temps while they last. Ride safe! Is the weather nice where you guys are? I hope so.
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The weather here in the San Francisco bay area has been nearly perfect though a bit cool. It is one of the best places to ride bicycles in the entire world. You can have any sort of riding you want from long hill rides to long flat rides.
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Old 10-07-10, 08:06 PM   #3
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It's finally cool enough in sunny FLA to open the windows at night. Mid 80s during the day, 60s at night. The pool is a bit cool (you get used to 80+ water after a while).

Need photos of the new bike.
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Old 10-07-10, 08:58 PM   #4
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Congratulations. As Kerlenbach says, "Need photos of the new bike".

We should start a 50+ LHT Club.
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I have tried several different road bikes. Each have their good points etc. However, when it comes to a touring bike, especially self supported tour rides, the Surly Long Haul Trucker does it all. Just a great bike.
I have two tour rides planned in the next two months. The LHT will get me there and back with lots of fun.
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Old 10-07-10, 09:40 PM   #6
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Its going to be a fantastic weekend ride in Indiana near Bloomington during the Hilly Hundred! I'm leaving my LHT home and riding my racer (Aegis). This is only because I'm riding with a group, and a bit more speed will be needed. Don't get me wrong, I love my LHT!
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Its going to be a fantastic weekend ride in Indiana near Bloomington during the Hilly Hundred! I'm leaving my LHT home and riding my racer (Aegis). This is only because I'm riding with a group, and a bit more speed will be needed. Don't get me wrong, I love my LHT!
Not to hijack, but which Aegis? I have Trident's and Aero Svelte's.
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Weather here in southern Wisconsin has been beautiful. I'll be out on my new Long Haul Trucker, blue velvet, today as well. Week after next I'll be riding in the Outer Banks.
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The weather here in the San Francisco bay area has been nearly perfect though a bit cool. It is one of the best places to ride bicycles in the entire world. You can have any sort of riding you want from long hill rides to long flat rides.
I used to live in Sunnyvale and my friends and you're right, one of the best places in the world to ride!
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Gonna be upper 70's lower 80's here in my part of N.C. for the next week or so. Just took my Randonee back to REI and bought a new Surly LHT in "Blacktacular"...what great timing! Seems the wife will be seeing less of me for a while. Hope everyone enjoys the nice temps while they last. Ride safe! Is the weather nice where you guys are? I hope so.
Not thats its any of my business but I'm curious. Why did you return the Randonee? Poor fit? didn't feel right or just didn't like it as much as you thought? Its been on my short list for purchase at time so I would appreciate your feedback. Thanks
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Old 10-08-10, 06:39 AM   #11
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It's finally cool enough in sunny FLA to open the windows at night. Mid 80s during the day, 60s at night. The pool is a bit cool (you get used to 80+ water after a while).

Need photos of the new bike.
Lets see if this works.. Not much done to it yet, but here it is!
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"Not thats its any of my business but I'm curious. Why did you return the Randonee? Poor fit? didn't feel right or just didn't like it as much as you thought? Its been on my short list for purchase at time so I would appreciate your feedback. Thanks "


I had no real problem with the Randonee. Very sturdy bike with a nice supple frame that gives you a good soft ride. Good looking also. I had purchased a 58cm which bordered on being to big for me, plus I had never tried the bar-end shifters that come on the LHT. Add the fact that my Dr suggested using lower gears due to a recently developed left knee problem (patellofemoral syndrome) and I decided to try the LHT out. The bar ends feel great, crisp precise shifting and the ride matches the Randonee, plus I got 10% off the sticker. The Randonee has road gearing (50-39-30) whereas the LHT is 48-36-26. LHT is a bit quicker steering (which I liked ) with a head tube angle of 72 degrees vs 69 degrees on the Randonee. It what made the Randonee so smooth on the long straight stretches. Some say the LHT is a bit better for true loaded touring because of the gearing and reliability of the shifters but thats your choice. Nothing wrong with the Randonee, I wish I could have kept both. Around this time of year you can usually get a couple of hundred off on the Randonee, good luck and lets us know what you get.

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Old 10-08-10, 06:59 AM   #13
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Its going to be a fantastic weekend ride in Indiana near Bloomington during the Hilly Hundred! I'm leaving my LHT home and riding my racer (Aegis). This is only because I'm riding with a group, and a bit more speed will be needed. Don't get me wrong, I love my LHT!
One of my kids is in school at IU and I'd be there for the HH if we weren't going out west (Santa Fe) on vacation. I just got back from Indianapolis and the weather was beautiful. I'd rent a bike to ride in Santa Fe, but our schedule is already full. Weather here in NJ is just perfect right now too.
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Old 10-08-10, 09:37 AM   #14
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ENJOY!! If it wasn't for the fact, that the Mrs. and I are saving our pennies, (not a figure of speech!) for a Bike Friday Family Tandem Folder, I'd be seriously saving for a Surly LHT myself!! Have too much FUN!
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Old 10-08-10, 10:04 AM   #15
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Stringbreaker,

I bought the Randonee in May and like it very much. As Jiffyjam points out, it does have road gearing, but I just changed in inner chain ring from 30t to 24t and now have a granny gear that is low enough (see my posts under Bicycle Mechanics). I bought the Randonee for the price, it's reputation, and its components, but I'm sure the LHT is a fine bicycle.
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Weather here in SoCal is finally good after a week-long heat spell followed by cold rain for two days.

Riding the Bass Lake Powerhouse Double Century out of Clovis (near Fresno) this Sat. and the weather looks to be good for that ride too, neither too hot nor too cold (it was below freezing at the first checkpoint 2 years ago!).

Link here: http://www.fresnocycling.com/powerhouse/

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Old 10-08-10, 10:34 AM   #17
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Looks like this will be the first weekend ride in Phoenix this fall where the high temp isn't in triple digits. Expected high is only 89, which puts the ride temp in the low 80's - looking forward to it.
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The weather is great here as well, 50-85.

I don't have a LHT. I guess my cross check will have to do.

Enjoy yourselves.
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The weather is great here as well, 50-85.

I don't have a LHT. I guess my cross check will have to do.

Enjoy yourselves.
The Cross Check and the Pacer were on my list, LHT will do just fine for me.
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enjoy your LHT and this lovely weekend- what a combination!! My little green machine LHT is due for a perfect October's day ride on Saturday!
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Old 10-08-10, 12:18 PM   #21
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tis a beauty in black! My husband has one although he complains about it. I love mine- shown loaded with about 20 lbs. of produce from a farm market!
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Las Vegas is finally decent for riding. Weekends weather is lows of 60 highs 82. Whew!

Love that new bike, enjoy and watch out for Truckers.
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Old 10-08-10, 01:00 PM   #23
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I love my Surly LHT -- absolutely love it!
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It amazing how many people love the Surly LHT. Here's a link to my blog with a couple of photos of mine.
http://ctqbicycles.blogspot.com/

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The bike looks great. Now go ride the hell out of it.
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