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Talk me out of buying a LHT

Old 07-20-08, 11:52 AM
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If you have an REI store nearby, go check out the Novara Randonee. It is an excellent bike. That's the touring/commuting bike I settled on and I have no regrets. In the end it all comes down to what bike makes you smile when you look at it. That's the one you will want to ride, even after a few years have gone by. All the bikes mentioned in this thread have been well proven over the years. You can't really screw up buying any of them. Go look at all of them, then get what makes you happy.
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Old 07-21-08, 09:12 PM
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Originally Posted by zebede
1.Color choices booger green, mold green or robins egg (aka baby powder blue) (what is with these people?).
I happen to like that green. It blends in with the decor whenever I'm touring inside giant nostrils.
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Old 07-21-08, 09:25 PM
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OK. Get this and
you will have a frame you can convert to disc brakes if you want.
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Old 07-21-08, 11:48 PM
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Originally Posted by zebede
Why I DID NOT buy a Surley.


10. No local bike to test ride

9. Fuji Touring bike complete for two hundred dollars more than Shirley LHT Frame only.

8. Everybody doin it (herd affect)

7 As the former fed chairman would say "over exuberance without an underlying connection with reality)

6. My size frame is (54cm) has 26" wheels, and I wanted 700c.

5. Frame geometry similar to "many" similar priced bikes.

4. Frame construction is nothing to write home about neither is my Fuji, (aka Windsor clone). The LHT Windsor and Fuji are all 4130 dbl butted cro mo. Let me start a rumor, The Windsor and LHT are made in the same factory in Tiawan.

3. I gave away all my "trukin" songs on 8 track in 1979. (six days on the road and I'm gonna see my baby tonite.

2. Who wants to buy a bike with the name Shirley uh I mean Surley.

AND the number one reason U should not buy a Long Haul Trucker (besides not driving an eighteen wheeler for a living).

1.Color choices booger green, mold green or robins egg (aka baby powder blue) (what is with these people?).
Actually, I sorta like the green LHT (I did take off the stupid decals, though). And did you actually test ride an LHT? When I was shopping for a touring-type bike, I was leaning towards the Bianchi Volpe, but the LHT was so comfortable and smooth, I was sold; it's like riding a late 1960's Buick: not sporty in the least, but plush, sturdy, and reliable.

Your observation that the Fuji, Windsor and LHT might all be made in the same factory is worth looking into, though. For what's it's worth, the LHT has a good, solid frame, but what really makes the complete bike so nice are the components.
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Old 07-22-08, 02:44 AM
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although this thread makes it sound like you'll see one on every street corner, touring bikes are still woefully unpopular compared to the plethora of mtn bikes or racer wannabes on the road. i've only seen one other LHT "in the wild." i got the blue one, and i wasn't a huge fan of the color, but it actually looks a lot better in person, IMO. it should look really good soon when i've got the honey brooks saddle and shellac'd tan cork bar tape on.

the bar end shifters grew on me, but it still annoyed me that they frequently got bumped when i lean the bike against a wall at work or am walking by railings on the ferry. i switched to downtube shifters.
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Old 02-13-09, 06:54 PM
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Originally Posted by njkayaker
The rear wheel is a different size? Really? In diameter or width?

(They do use 26 inch wheels on the smaller frames and 700c wheels on the larger frames.)


I'd suggest trying these for a bit before you change them (unless the shop will do it as part of the purchase).
I spoke to a mechanic who told me it is easy to switch out the 26" wheels for 700c wheels on the smaller frames.
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Originally Posted by nthesunbytheh20
I spoke to a mechanic who told me it is easy to switch out the 26" wheels for 700c wheels on the smaller frames.
That's interesting. Sure, you can easily 'fit' 700c wheels.....but I don't know where to begin this...
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Old 02-13-09, 08:29 PM
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I must say, building up and riding my LHT was a pleasure. The bike rode just as smooth as the $3500 Rivendell Atlantis I now ride. The only reason I sold the LHT was because the 62cm frame was a bit small for me. Buy the LHT, you will not have any regrets.
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Old 02-13-09, 09:17 PM
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The thread is an old one, but that's one beautiful LHT.
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Old 02-14-09, 12:30 AM
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Thank You. It was a beautiful bike.
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Here's a sweet deal for a non-LHT bike: https://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=220360219153

Brand new Surly Cross Check for 960 bucks!
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Old 02-14-09, 06:23 AM
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I love mine- main reasons I bought it:
1. Tire clearance
2. Small tubes- I just don't like the looks of the fat tubed bikes.
3. Specs- I built up a list of components/features I wanted on a bike, and took it to my shop. Asked them to tell me what would be the best bike to get and swap out parts on to get to this list, or if it would be better to do a build from a frameset. They called back and said other than the brakes, I had spec'ed the LHT.
4. Couldn't (actually wouldn't) afford an Atlantis.
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Originally Posted by metal_cowboy
Thank You. It was a beautiful bike.
Could you tell me where you got your bar tape, it sure looks good.
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Originally Posted by metal_cowboy
I must say, building up and riding my LHT was a pleasure. The bike rode just as smooth as the $3500 Rivendell Atlantis I now ride. The only reason I sold the LHT was because the 62cm frame was a bit small for me. Buy the LHT, you will not have any regrets.
I've seen many pretty bikes, but never a prettier photograph of one. Thanks for sharing this beautiful scene.
 
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Hmmm, for my own part I wouldn't buy an LHT for the following reasons:

1. I dislike the "Surley" name and logo.
2. I dislike the Surley website/mindset they have.
3. The bikes are ridiculously heavy for a modern bicycle.
4. Bar-end shifters—there's no reason for 'em. This is 2009.
5. They're butt-ugly. Again, their corporate mind-set.
6. They're common as dirt.
7. They have a mindless, cult following.

Just being the devil's advocate. Really, I don't care. Plenty of folks think they're the Katz PJ's (obviously) and I saw quite a few on the road and their riders loved them.

The only thing(s) that really would prevent me from buying one is the company image they try and project. It offends me, but, I'm in advertising/design so I'm sensitive like that. It's not a reasonable consumer's stance (advertising has prevented me from buying a product far more often than it has compelled me to buy). That and I think there are too many other, better (meaning: lighter, STI equipped, nicer paint) offerings out there. It's all in how you look at things—if it's work 'in for ya—I'd say go for it. Truly, I never met a bike I didn't like.

Just amusing myself here. But, I do have to say the bike pictured above is a good looker. Well done.

Hey! He said try and talk him out of it!

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