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Old 03-07-09, 11:13 AM
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Where to buy LHT online

My wife is traveling to the States in May, and I would like to buy a LHT frameset while she's there, for her to bring back with her (I'm so cruel, I know). My problem is, I don't know where would be the best place to buy online, to have shipped to Penna. Are there even any frames available? Who is trustworthy? Any other advice? I have the majority of the components to put on this bike, so that's not an issue for me. I just want to be sure I actually get it, and get it at a reasonable price. And I trust the opinions of buyers here. :-)

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JensonUSA is a good bet. You'll save tax & shipping which is about as good as you'll do anywhere.
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Thanks! And a quick question. Are the LHT frames largish for their sizes? I'm 6'2" (188cm), and used to ride a 25" frame, but also handled a 23" just fine (60 and 62/3?) Is the 62 LHT hargish? Thanks

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Speedgoat is based in pennsylvania.....
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Speedgoat is based in pennsylvania.....
Even though I've bought a bike and a frame from speedgoat, I wouldn't recommend them to anyone on a schedule.
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Try Harris Cyclery.
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know your size

Surly LHT run a little large to my understanding. You will definetely be on 700cm wheels at your height. Check the top tube of your most comfortable bike now and compare it to the geometry/specs on the bikes on the Surly website.

My Surly LHT is very comfortable but I ride the 54cm with the 26inch wheels. When I was test riding bikes when I was in the market I took down all the information about the bikes. Later I did research about the measurements and put them into a spreadsheet and compared them to one another. I also took into account my experiences on each bike when I was ready to make my decision. I test rode almost every bike more than once and narrowed down the field.

I've ordered from JenonUSA before and have not had a problem with them.
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Universal Cycles is a good source.

http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...?category=2596
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surly forces the msrp on dealers under threat of cutting them off - so all QBP dealers sell them for $430

jensonusa throws in free shipping, and their calculator lets you add a few small items and still not incur additional shipping cost - so they're the cheapest you'll find.

their service is first rate too

also, they have no restocking fee if you have to return.

http://www.jensonusa.com/help_desk/r...x#returnpolicy

http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...eset+2009.aspx

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Old 03-07-09, 06:17 PM
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I got my CrossCheck frame set from Universalcycles.com for $340 delivered USPS priority.
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go with Jenson, great company and fantastic customer service and easy, no questions asked returns if needed

I am also amazed at how quickly order's ship and the emails, notifications are

plus easy price match

as you can see, dealing with them for over 5 years, I am a fan
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I do not have any experience buying a bike from them, but I have bought a lot of accessories here and have had good experiences.

http://treefortbikes.com/
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You might also try looking through their dealer network. http://www.surlybikes.com/dealers.html#

I found a few local to me that ship the complete bike or frameset.
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Originally Posted by knobster View Post
You might also try looking through their dealer network. http://www.surlybikes.com/dealers.html#
I have looked at the list, but being overseas, a local dealer doesn't help me. :-( Since I won't be in the States until late 2010, and my wife is going back in May, I figured I would buy a frame online, and have it shipped to her mother. :-D I was really hoping to get opinions of you folks, as to trustworthy shops. I didn't realize Harris sold Surlys, so right now, for me, it's between them and JensonUSA. Jenson doesn't charge shipping, but Harris gave me the info I needed on their web page, namely the stand-over height. I have a pelvic bone height of at least 34", and closer to 36", so I think the largest frame size is what I'm after. Besides, I want a rather upright handlebar setup, which will necessitate the larger frame to get that without adding a lot of those silly-looking (to me) spacers. This will be my first bike that was made later than the early 90s, so it's going to be an experience. ;-)

Thanks to all who have responded so far! BTW, does anybody even own a 62 LHT? I would love to see a picture of it. I only ever see the smaller frame sizes.

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JensonUSA is a good bet - I've ordered bikes from them before - excellent all around.

Universal Cycles does have a discount going - VIP15 for 15% of orders over $300 - plus free shipping. I've not tried them before. I'm sure other members can chime in about them.
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Just got a Surly LHT Complete from Universal. Arrived intact. Can confirm the VIP bonus, it includes the bikes and frames in this case, and any accessories on the same order. They have 2 warehouses, one in the northwest and one in Minneapolis, so the shipping to me was very fast.

If you are going to order their complete bike, I'd suggest taking the "ready to go in 20 minutes, just put the wheels and handlebar on" with a grain of salt--And make sure you have a chain tool I had to install the chain, which is something I had a chain tool for, but I wasn't expecting based on the setup. The brakes weren't even close, I had to dial those in quite a bit.

I have a 64cm LHT, pm me for pics if you'd like.
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Thanks for the pic!

As soon as I get the proper shipping address for my Mom-in-law, I'll probably be placing my order with Universal. I have to ask, though. With such a large frame, you still have the seat up there! I take it you are taller than me? (6'2"--35+" standover)

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What area in PA?

You may be better off getting a local bike shop to order a frame and taking advantage of their drop shipping.

Some local shops will come at least close to matching online prices, especially when you consider the shipping difference.

BTW - if in Wilkes-Barre, I know that Around Town Bikes used to be able to order LHTs. I was considering them before I decided to go a different direction.
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She is in very rural far western PA, north of Pittsburgh. Since I won't be there, and will be depending on my wife, I don't want to put too much of a burden on her, so I would rather ship to her mother's door, where all she has to do is carry it to the airport--already boxed--and check it. If I were going, trust me, I would be looking everywhere on my own. ;-) (and test riding, sizing, etc...)

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I would really suggest you size your LHT frame by top tube length not seat tube length or standover..

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I have looked at the list, but being overseas, a local dealer doesn't help me. :-( Since I won't be in the States until late 2010, and my wife is going back in May, I figured I would buy a frame online, and have it shipped to her mother. :-D I was really hoping to get opinions of you folks, as to trustworthy shops. I didn't realize Harris sold Surlys, so right now, for me, it's between them and JensonUSA. Jenson doesn't charge shipping, but Harris gave me the info I needed on their web page, namely the stand-over height. I have a pelvic bone height of at least 34", and closer to 36", so I think the largest frame size is what I'm after. Besides, I want a rather upright handlebar setup, which will necessitate the larger frame to get that without adding a lot of those silly-looking (to me) spacers. This will be my first bike that was made later than the early 90s, so it's going to be an experience. ;-)

Thanks to all who have responded so far! BTW, does anybody even own a 62 LHT? I would love to see a picture of it. I only ever see the smaller frame sizes.

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Originally Posted by jwbnyc View Post
I would really suggest you size your LHT frame by top tube length not seat tube length or standover..
Ok, That's a first for me. How would I do that? What should I be measuring on myself, and on the bike? Thanks.

And in a side note, I just today bought myself four "blocks" which are old, Polish Army canvas backpacks. I've wanted for ages to buy some and convert them to panniers. I found some cheap online today, and bought them. I suspect they will look "interesting" on an olive green LHT. ;-) I'm also about to bid on a pair of "Swiss Army" racks. ;-)

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Rather than guess about the sizing or get advice over an internet chat board, I would suggest visiting the Surley web site for geometry specs on the LHT. Also, for most people, top tube length and seat tube angle are much more important bits of information than standover height. Here is a direct link to page on their web site for the LHT, complete with a geometry chart:

http://www.surlybikes.com/longhaul.html
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I take it you're in Poland? Why can't you get the bike shipped direct to you? I would think that the fee to put it on the Air Plane would be worse than the extra shipping.....

Just curious.
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Just a quick heads up, a lot of places will not let you ship to a location other than the billing address, so you might want to look into that first.
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