i was rear-ended by a bronco a couple weeks ago and my surly LHT's rear wheel was destroyed in the process. a friend mentioned that by using a singlespeed hub with individual cogs and spacers, you can still fit 5 or 6 sprockets onto the shorter freehub body. i like the idea of having an undished rear for the (hopefully) fewer broken spokes that would result when loaded up and on tour. there's also the fact that the bike is way overgeared for my kind of riding. the highest gear i ever use is middle chainring, maybe the smallest cog. i coast downhill. i'm happy to sacrifice some of the higher ratios to make this happen, but i don't want to give anything up on the low end. the LHT's already got friction shifters and i'll probably switch to downtube friction shifters anyway, so i don't think that will be a problem. has anyone else had any experience in this or able to shed more light on the topic?