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Well, I finally pulled the trigger and ordered my new touring bike. For the past year and a half, I've been thinking about I want in a properly fit touring bike. Today, I had my LBS order me a Surly Long Haul Trucker (complete), 58cm frame in the Blue Velvet paint job. I'm not enamored with the size of handlebars the spec sheet says this bike comes with (the Surly site says 44cm handlebars). But I'll try it out before swapping for something in a 46cm (thinking Salsa Moto-Ace Bell Lap-style).

I knew I'd place the order today as I ordered my Lounge and Team Collin stickers for it yesterday.:D

The LBS usually places their orders on Tuesdays, so my LHT should be here in a week or so. Now all I have to do is wait.:mad2: That, and sign up for the Adventure Cycling Association ride that I want to take in August.:thumbsup:
 

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Maybe I should start another thread for this. But any suggestions for racks for my LHT? I'm thinking of the Surly rear rack, and a Tubus Ergo low rider for the front.
 

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Rodar, I was planning on signing up for the Oregon, Intro to Road touring ride/class. It's in Auguust, out of Eugene. Should be a learning experience.

KWL, the other rear rack I'm considering is the Tubus Cargo. All of my current panniers (old REI & Jandd) have one or two hooks for the bottom attachment, so I thought something where those wouldn't move too much was desirable.
 

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bignose said:
Oh my that image is HUGE, sorry bout that
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If I had a nickel for every time I heard that...
Please remember that some of us still use dial up for various reasons. Mine is that I can't stand to spend an additional $60.00 per month just to get marginal cable internet service, from Charter Cable (you have to have one of their 'enhanced service' packages on top of the basic cable service in order to get their cable internet :mad2: ).
 

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Bike arrived at the LBS today. In the morning, we will start fitting it. They still have some work to do, but they already know not to cut the steerer yet. And they haven't wrapped the bars since we don't have the brakes set where they are comfortable for me.

What the heck, here's a snapshot of the bike.
 
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