My name is tdp currently living on Orcas Island in the San Juans in Washington state. I found this site looking for information on bike parts.
I've been a mountain biker for years and years but found myself converting my Bianchi Superbee into a road bike so my wife and I could tour together. However I kept running into obvious issues with panniers, racks, and etc... So recently bought a Surly Long Haul Trucker (LHT) from our local bike shop and absolutely love it! My favourite addition to it is a Brooks Flyer Special saddle, honey brown and will soon have the bars wrapped with Brooks perforated leather tape also in honey brown. This is my tour bike and therefore will also have it decked out with a good Tubus rack (front and back), and Ortlieb panniers. I have some silver SKS fenders on order but may later pickup a set of Woody fenders. I'll post pictures soon. This is such a beautiful bike, I just wanted to come out to say hello!
My wife and I mostly tour Vancouver Island, the Gulf and San Juan Islands and are planing a two week tour of the Discovery Islands this summer. When we move "back" to Europe in the next two or three years we plan to do a bit of touring there as well.
BTW I am also a member of Surly Long Haul Trucker & Cross Check Owners Group and BikeList.org
Anyway, I wish everyone good health and good riding!