My very first thread here was a post about how I insisted on doing a cross country tour from San Diego to Boston on a Trek 7.5 FX. I got talked into the 7.3 FX because the 7.5 had a carbon fork and therefore no eyelets, but I was still determined to go Trek without spending 1300 bucks on a 520.
Over the months though, I got to try a friend's LHT, and I was also looking at spending about 400 bucks to upgrade the front derailer, handlebars, shifters, and front crank on my Trek. I decided that rather than spend the money kinda-sorta forcing my bike into being something it's not, it was time to bite the bullet and spend the dough on a 2009 LHT.
980 bucks later, and I've got one on order that should be here by Friday. So the question is now, other than throwing a Honey Brooks B17 on there (I'm getting the Truckachino color so I thought Honey would match better on it) is there anything else those of you who've gone with the LHT would swap out or change right away? I'll probably get some Schwalbe Marathon tires for it, and I've already got racks, fenders, and panniers from my Trek to put on it.