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Old 11-16-05, 11:43 PM   #1
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My LHT is finally done and is ready for some short weekend tours. I'll load my panniers with jugs of water this weekend, ride around town and also take it up on a packed dirt fireroad to get a feel of the bike.

Bike was built up with: 52cm LHT frame/ old LX crankset 46-36-26/ old LX FD/ recent XT RD/ recent XT-Mavic mtb wheelset/ NOS XTR 12-32 8 speed cassette/ old Ultegra bar end shifters/ old eggbeater pedals/ new Schwalbe Marathon tires/ old ITM ergo bars/ new Thomson road stem/ new Richey headset/ old LX cantis/ old 287 levers/ old American Classic seatpost/ recent Brooks B17 Narrow/ new Tubus Vega rear rack.
Oh, I scraped all the decals off the frame using a butter knife.

Here are some photos I took this afternoon:

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Old 11-17-05, 12:07 AM   #2
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Verrrry nice.
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I think you'll really, really, like it. Mine's so stable you can grab a drink going fourty.
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Nice, nice one! Every bit what a tourer should look like.

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Hey, Fixer, great bike!

I am planning a build with the LHT frameset as well. How's the ride with the LHT frameset? Does it smooth out the road? How is the handling? Is the gearing you chose a nice mix?
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Very nice bike. It's my size too which makes it even better should I (eyes roll) ever want to build one. I like the traditional geometry.

I noticed you have the seat pointed slightly up. Is the frame too big for you that forced you to do that? Just curious that's all. How tall are you?

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I noticed you have the seat pointed slightly up. Is the frame too big for you that forced you to do that? Just curious that's all. How tall are you?
Thank you all. The tradtional mtb gearing is fine and works well for me. I took this bike out on my Sat group ride and its top end was plenty enough as well (only for a short while til I got dropped).

All my saddles tilt slightly upward, a bit more so with Brooks, regardless of model. Otherwise, I start sliding forward, especially evident when I take my hands off the bars. I'm happy with the frame sizing, top tube length seems just right, and I clear the top tube by about 1 cm when straddling the bike with those tires. I am slightly under 5'8" with normal proportions.

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Old 11-17-05, 05:47 PM   #8
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Mmmmmm... Purty.
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nice, best looking build yet. congratulations
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you can crank a 46-12 and go on a group ride? Man, I guess i don't go out on enough group rides...
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you can crank a 46-12 and go on a group ride? Man, I guess i don't go out on enough group rides...
.....until I get dropped like a fly, due to exhaustion from unsustainable high cadence, that is...

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I like the "no sticker look". I guess I need to take the butter knife to my LHT!

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All my saddles tilt slightly upward, a bit more so with Brooks, regardless of model. Otherwise, I start sliding forward, especially evident when I take my hands off the bars. I'm happy with the frame sizing, top tube length seems just right, and I clear the top tube by about 1 cm when straddling the bike with those tires. I am slightly under 5'8" with normal proportions.
I noticed you can still move the saddle a little bit forward. If you do this and or lower the seatpost, you just might be able to keep the saddle straight. I think it's important to keep the saddle straight because keeping the saddle pointed up can cause lower back pain. This is exactly what happened to my Jamis which is one size too big. If this is not the case then you're perfect.
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Nice build! I see you have a Tubus Vega. I have one too, I think it's a great rack. But for a loaded tourer, it seems a little lightweight. Do you intend to do loaded touring on your LHT?
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That is just a beautiful bike, and I concur on the no stickers-look. I don't know why Surly insists on making their graphics look like skateboard stickers from 1987.
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non bicyclists LOVE the 'long haul trucker' name on the top tube, fixer. It gets a lot of positive comments and admiring looks wether on tour or just around town.
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Very nice. All you need are some lights.
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Nice build! I see you have a Tubus Vega. I have one too, I think it's a great rack. But for a loaded tourer, it seems a little lightweight. Do you intend to do loaded touring on your LHT?
Thank you. I looked into the Vega rack after I saw your nicely built Soma using the same. Wayne from Baysell was extremely helpful when I inquired about the rack. It was between that and the Cargo. I wanted a minimalist looking rack, yet something strong for those occasssional loaded tours using my large Super C panniers. This rack is perfect for my smaller set of Super C front panniers I use, mostly for commuting, 99% of the time. It seems to handle my large set of Super C's well. Rack has plenty enough set back to clear the cantis. I've used these large Super C's loaded on cheap $20 Delta racks before so I'm sure the Vega can handle these occassional loads on short tours I intend to take. I've also got an OldManMountain Sherpa minimalist rear rack on my mountain bike and the Vega seems just as tough.

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It's a beautiful bike. In fact, the only LHT that I really like. I'm one of those who can't stand the sage green. It's funny coz someone had a LHT built with silver component saying black was awful. I think silver is too flashy with the sage green, though it might work better with the 2006 color.

Great job!
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Call me crazy but that bike looks almost exactly like that other LHT!
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No, you're not crazy....... how many different ways can one configure a sage green LHT...?

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Fixer, that is one mighty fine bike! I like the black/sage green combo. Without those Surly stickers, it looks like a piece of military ordnance, like those old Army motorcycles. What width Marathons are you running?
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Those Marathons are 26x1.5.
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Uhh! I'm so jealous! I ordered my LHT a month ago from my LBS and it's taking forever cuz Surly didn't have any forks to go with the frame. Bummer! I just hope I get mine in time for one of the remaining sage greens...
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