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    Touring Bug Bit Me - Surly Disc Trucker

    I asked a question in the forum about turning an old Mountain Bike into a touring rig. Many have done it with great success. I went to a bike shop today to look at a Surly Disc trucker and I made the mistake of test riding it. What a nice ride. I was hooked! Got it home and started transferring some of the gear from my other bikes. I will upgrade the accessories as I go along. I am going to transfer my Shimano clip-less pedals from my old 1000c and then sell it. I got a suspension post in it and put my Brooks B-17 on there and it's like riding on air. (Well maybe not that good, but close) I still need to move the computer from the 1000c to the Surly. I am going to get some Velo Orange Stainless Fenders for it and some panniers and plan a two day shake down ride.

    Anyway, thanks for all the help in the other thread.

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    Nice ride
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    It looks a couple sizes too small based on all the seat post showing...

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    seeker333,

    It's 58cm frame. It has the perfect stand-over height. What might be making it look that way to you is the suspension seat post. It goes down slightly when you sit on it. Yields a nice comfortable ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JRD View Post
    seeker333,

    It's 58cm frame. It has the perfect stand-over height. What might be making it look that way to you is the suspension seat post. It goes down slightly when you sit on it. Yields a nice comfortable ride.
    Just out of curiosity, how tall are you and what's your cycling inseam? I ride a 58 LHT and I'm 6' with a 34.25" PBH. I found the stock stem to be a bit long for my reach as I like to be more upright when touring.
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    I'm 5' 11" with a 32 inseam if that helps. I don't know what PBH is. All I know is this bike fits me and it's comfy for me!
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    Pelvic Bone Height, I believe.

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    Congrats!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JRD View Post
    I'm 5' 11" with a 32 inseam if that helps. I don't know what PBH is. All I know is this bike fits me and it's comfy for me!
    PBH is pubic bone height. It's typically longer than your pant's inseam. If you're interested, here is more info:

    http://www.rivbike.com/kb_results.asp?ID=39

    I'm glad you're "comfy" on your new bike. That's the important thing. I was just curious as I kind of fall in between sizes with my LHT and wonder which direction other owners of similar statue have chosen to go.

    The trucker is a great bike and I know you'll love it.
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    Thanks for that info!

    I just went for a ride to the hardware store I had to pick up some zip ties for the bike computer (Which needs to be replaced - $8.00 Piece of junk off ebay - you get what you pay for I guess.) anyway, after 3 minor seat adjustments we got her dialed in and I was totally impressed with the comfort of this bike over the other bikes I have owned. I went through some loose gravel and grass and this is a great handling bike. Will take me a few trips to get used to the bar end shifters, but they are growing on me. Thanks again to those that pushed me in this direction. Nothing but a bunch of enablers on this forum.

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    Nice looking bike! I just got my disc trucker frame, and will be building it up once my wheels arrive.

    What seatpost do you have? Any thoughts?

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    Sweet !!!
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    Welcome to the Trucker club!

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    Quote Originally Posted by northerntier View Post
    Nice looking bike! I just got my disc trucker frame, and will be building it up once my wheels arrive.

    What seatpost do you have? Any thoughts?
    I am using the one that came in my Trek 1000c but I also have a System EX Suspension seatpost for my Mountain Bike that I like a lot! I broke my tailbone playing Hockey a few years ago and this seatpost helps a lot. it takes the sting out of the unseen pot holes that we would rather not hit.

    John

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    After riding down to the LBS for a new Computer, I took the Long way home.........Down by Lake Michigan. Beautiful day for a ride.

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    I really like this bike!

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