Hi all, I recently, as in a few hours ago, fell into some money that someone owed me that I had forgotten about and am pulling the trigger on my new LHT that i have been fantasizing about for months now! I am going to get it in a 52 i believe. I am going straight to the LBS after work to order it! I will probably order one pretty close to the complete package that surly sells but i had a few questions for last minute suggestions?
First, and most importantly, I think I am going to order a brooks saddle with the bike, either a b17 or a flyer. I do mostly commuting but I plan to do some serious touring eventually. Also, the bike frames that are left are all the pea green color. Should I get a black saddle or tan I know but these thing matter!
I was thinking about lowering the gearing... I do not like to ride REALLY fast down hills or anything crazy so i want to make sure i have a really nice granny gear. Then again i am a light person at 155 pounds so i am not sure....
The guy at the LBS said that the standard drop bars are a little narrow and cheap. He suggested i upgrade to a wider set. Thoughts? I probably wont ride very low because i have a bad shoulder and dont like TOO much weight on it for long periods... I am new to drop bars so i am not sure.
Peddals- I have some shimano spd shoes but do not have clipless pedals yet. might as well order them with the bike right? I was going to get the double sided ones so i can ride with normal shoes now and then around town. I am also planning to go car free in the very near future so this will help with that too.
Anyother suggestions? If you were going to order a LHT in today what would you change, if anything, and why?
What kind of fenders? Aluminum or platsic? Got a favorite brand?
Thanks a lot guys, you have all been such a huge inspiration to me over the last few months that I have been surfing this site and i hold your opinions over almost all else!