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Old 07-24-10, 07:21 PM
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My Surly LHT Touring Bicycle

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Here is my bicycle I have a lot of fun riding it.
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Old 07-24-10, 07:35 PM
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Sexy. Did you custom paint those fenders?
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Old 07-24-10, 07:42 PM
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No I got my fenders at Amazon.com was just the color I was looking for too.
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Old 07-24-10, 08:56 PM
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I have a Surly, too and its a great bike! I almost got my bike in your color but went with the utility blue instead. I was admiring your bike and noticed that your front bike rack has two water bottles attached. Do those cages come with the rack, or is that something that you can add? Thanks!
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Old 07-24-10, 09:23 PM
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No they don't come with the surly nice racks I put them on my self with zip ties I think I use 5 on each one No way they should come off I done a test ride with them full of water they did not move at all.All I want to install now is a set of clipless pedals.I have a nice pair of shoe for the clipless pedals ready to use.I just have to wait until my wife not here to get them lol.
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Old 07-24-10, 10:25 PM
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Very nice, looks like you have a great touring bike there. What is the mount for the cateye head light?
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Old 07-25-10, 01:22 AM
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Looks like a Paul stem cap light mount:

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Nice bike,mine is the utility blue.I also have those same panniers on mine.
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Originally Posted by bhchdh View Post
Very nice, looks like you have a great touring bike there. What is the mount for the cateye head light?
It's a Paul stem cap light mount.They work good I think.
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Old 07-25-10, 10:15 AM
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I know you sure can put a lot of money in to your touring bicycle but it's nice to have the things you want and need on one too.I had a bad run of luck with tires for a while but at last I got a good set this was my third pair the bike shop said it happens some times.They work with me until we got some good tires.They sure ride good.I'm having fun getting it all set up the hours sure fly's by while in my shop wife gets a little piss too. lol
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Nice looking LHT. Set up very well thought out.
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Nice setup, what flag(s) are you flying? And not a insult but why have the Surly Nice front rack if your going with a handlebar bag?
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Nice setup, what flag(s) are you flying? And not a insult but why have the Surly Nice front rack if your going with a handlebar bag?
That was my first thought, TBH. I think you might be happier putting the weight lower on the bike and strapping it down, if the option is there.

Where do you keep your tent, sleeping bag, etc?

Have you tested your light with the big handlebar bag on an un-lit road yet? I had a similar setup once and found that my handlebar bag blocked my headlight from throwing light down to the angle that I wanted. It seemed ok on test rides in town, but was no good on pitch-black nights.

I find flat-topped racks and fenders to be a little redundant for keeping me dry. Just the racks are sufficient- if its pouring so hard that I also need fenders, I'm getting drenched from above anyway. Just my opinion.

What model tires are those?

And last, have you looked into a Topeak Road Morph pump? Those old Zefals are nice, but I'm great at breaking my valve stems- the hose on the road morph makes all the difference. Just a thought, since cost and wieght in accessorizing don't seem to be limitations

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Old 07-27-10, 10:23 PM
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That was my first thought, TBH. I think you might be happier putting the weight lower on the bike and strapping it down, if the option is there.

Where do you keep your tent, sleeping bag, etc?

Have you tested your light with the big handlebar bag on an un-lit road yet? I had a similar setup once and found that my handlebar bag blocked my headlight from throwing light down to the angle that I wanted. It seemed ok on test rides in town, but was no good on pitch-black nights.

I find flat-topped racks and fenders to be a little redundant for keeping me dry. Just the racks are sufficient- if its pouring so hard that I also need fenders, I'm getting drenched from above anyway. Just my opinion.

What model tires are those?

And last, have you looked into a Topeak Road Morph pump? Those old Zefals are nice, but I'm great at breaking my valve stems- the hose on the road morph makes all the difference. Just a thought, since cost and wieght in accessorizing don't seem to be limitations
I wanted to be able to put on front panniers for one reason I want the surly nice front rack.And yes my light light's up the road good at night I have done a lot of test riding the way it is set up now.As far as my Zefal pump I wanted that kind of pump.I know a lot of people don't like them but I sure do and I use it two time already just to test it out it work fine for me so I am happy with my set up at this time.My flag is just the Orange Bell flag good old cheap kind.The tent and sleeping bag is in my camper long flap.My total weight in gear with out food is less than 40 pounds.The back panniers has 10 lbs in each pannier and the camper long flap has 10 lbs as well.My tire are the Panarace TG Now for the front panniers left side full of cooking gear 6 lbs right side will be food only in it.And my handlebar bag is for my Acer oneAspire computer and a few other things I might want to take with me some of it I will eat while riding.I did a 65 mile test run the other day with all this stuff and no problem at all.I know ever one has there own way of setting up there touring bicycle whats good for one may not be good for the other person.I hope this will answer most of the ? for all here.A lot of people like the barend shifters I for one did not like them at all that's why you see down tube shifter on my LHT and same way with my crank set I now have 22,32,44t with 11/34 on the cassette I have change so much on this LHT to get it just right for my self even the handlebar is not stock and the break leaver and the breaks them self is not what came on my LHT I have done a lot of work to get it this way and still have a little more work to finish it.It's always nice to be able to work on your own bike to get it dial in no one knows how it should be better than your self.I look into the Topeak Road Morph pump and just did not like them at all some do but it's not for me lol.And I do have some good tools to take with me too and they are in the camper long flap as well.I think I answer most of the ? here if not feel free to ask some more.Have a great day/night.

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what size frame is that? the reason i ask is that i have a 56cm LHT / 700C and I can't fit a standard water bottle in the 3rd bottle cage mount under the down tube (with fenders). how'd you make it fit?
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what size frame is that? the reason i ask is that i have a 56cm LHT / 700C and I can't fit a standard water bottle in the 3rd bottle cage mount under the down tube (with fenders). how'd you make it fit?
I have the 52cm LHT I just install it had no problem getting it to fit.What kind of fenders did you get.Mine are the planet bike fenders 60mm.Well you have the 700c wheels on your bicycle so that may be the reason.Just a guess tho.But it should fit it's a tight fit but it clears the front fender just by a little no problem riding it either.You have to turn the wheel to put the bottle in but it works.
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I have the 52cm LHT I just install it had no problem getting it to fit.What kind of fenders did you get.Mine are the planet bike fenders 60mm.Well you have the 700c wheels on your bicycle so that may be the reason.Just a guess tho.But it should fit it's a tight fit but it clears the front fender just by a little no problem riding it either.You have to turn the wheel to put the bottle in but it works.
velo-orange 48mm fluted aluminium fenders with 700x35c panaracer paselas. it's likely that the fenders are the problem, but really i could use even large fenders (50+mm) because i prefer 700x40 or 700x45c tires. it's not a big deal because 1 water bottle isn't going to make or break a ride for me, but it's disappointing since everything else about the bike is well though-out. again, it's probably just a setup issue on my part.

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Old 07-31-10, 12:55 PM
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Looks about like MINE! hehe
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