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Surly Long Haul Trucker Touring Bicycle Maintenance Record

Surly Long Haul Trucker

I purchased my Surly Long Haul Trucker in 2009 and have been using it primarily as my touring bicycle since then.  Mind you it does see use as a commuter on occasions and as a shopping bike as well.  To track of my modifications and bicycle maintenance I keep this post going with regular updates. The idea being to provide a history of the Surly Long Haul Trucker and to provide useful information on its durability.

Surly Long Haul Trucker in for Maintenance

Surly Long Haul Trucker in for Maintenance

The table below provides my Surly Long Haul Trucker history on the road. It documents the bikes maintenance, the replacement of worn out and broken parts and the modifications over time.  I also keep a record on my bicycle tyre wear  and a record on my bicycle chain and cluster wear.

Surly Long Haul Trucker Touring Bicycle Maintenance Record

Date Kilometres Summary
 June 24, 2012 9,676 km  In preparation for my Dreaming Tour my Surly Long Haul Trucker has had a bit of make over.  The cantilever brakes have been replaced with Avid Single Digit 7 v-brakes and Cane Creek Drop V brake levers.Other updates include the fitting of a new Wippermann Connex 9SX chain, a new Shimano XT M770 11-34 cassette and a set of Schwalbe Mondial Marathon 47-622 tyres.
March 25, 2012 9,499 km The brakes where squealing really bad so I replaced the brake pads with Kool-Stop Mountain pads.  Fixed the squealing on the rear but the front is still there when the brakes are applied quite hard. Time to upgrade to v-brakes me thinks. The instructions for installing the Kool Stop Mountain Pads can be found here.
February 11, 2012 9,428 km Repaired a puncture on the front (glass) and trued the Alex Adventurer 700C 36h rim on the rear. First time I have had to true the wheel.
January 15, 2012 9,357 km Completed a standard 500 km service on the Surly Long Haul Trucker plus modified the mounting of the PedalPower Super-i-Cable.
December 11, 2011 8,843 km The Surly Long Haul Trucker got a whiz bang SON 28 dynamo, a Busch & Mueller lightening system and a PedalPower Super-i-Cable system today.
August 5, 2010 8,397 km Completed a standard 500 km service on the Surly Long Haul Trucker. In addition I re-indexed the rear derailleur.
June 25, 2010 7,475 km Completed a standard 500 km service on the Surly Long Haul Trucker. I also swapped out the swapped out the Schwalbe Marathon Cross HS 334 tyres with Continental Grand Prix 4-Season V 700 x 28C tyres as I planned to use the bike for a bit of commuting through the winter.
April 17, 2010 6,978 km Completed a standard 1,000 km service on the Surly Long Haul Trucker.  I also had to replace the the cadence sensor magnet which I had lost on the Esperance to Perth road tour.
March 25, 2010 5,833 km Prepared my Surly Long Haul Trucker for my forthcoming Esperance to Perth road tour. This involved:

  1. Replacing the original chain, a SRAM PC-971 with a PC-991 chain;
  2. Fitting a Topeak Modula Cage XL to hold a 1.25 litre water bottle;
  3. Fitting a Hebie Bipod 605 NL kick stand;
  4. Fitting a Tubus Tara Lowrider front rack;
  5. Fitting Schwalbe Marathon Cross 700c x 38 tyres to front and rear.
February 19, 2010 5,721 km Completed a service on my Surly Long Haul Trucker. The SRAM PC-971 chain is needing to be replaced.
September 20,2009 4,272 km Completed a 500 km winter service on the Surly Long Haul Trucker. Took the opportunity to fit a Sigma Sports 1606 L bike computer and fitted Continental Grand Prix 4-Season V 700x28C tyres.
September 6, 2009 3,736 km Completed second service, a  500 km/ 310 mi Winter Service on the Surly Long Haul Trucker.
July 23, 2009 3,527 km Patched applied last night failed.  Had to repair the puncture again this morning.
July 22, 2009 3,498 km Third puncture in the rear of the Continental Contacts. Again a piece of glass appears to have been the culprit.
July 21, 2009 3,414 km Second puncture in the rear of the Continental Contacts. Large piece of glass was the culprit.
July 1, 2009 2,723.5 km Third puncture in the front for the Continental Contacts.  Large piece of glass was the culprit.
June 28, 2009 2,621 km First 500 km / 310 mi Winter Service on my Surly Long Haul Trucker.
June 26, 2009 2,621 km Puncture in the front. Second puncture for the Continental Contacts. Cause was a piece of glass.
June 17, 2009 2,138 km Puncture in the rear. First puncture for the Continental Contacts. Cause was a very small piece of wire.
June 14, 2009 1,966 km Free service for my Surly Long Haul Trucker at Churchill Cycles. Adjust gears and brakes, clean and lube chain
May 8, 2009 1,091 km Standard 1,000 km summer service for the Surly Long Haul Trucker.
May 3, 2009 900 km Installed a set of aero bars to try out (now removed)
April 19, 2009 343 km Fitted the following accessories to my Surly Long Haul Trucker:

  • Fitted a pair of Universal Bicycle Swivel Mounts to hold the Fenix L2D headlights.  Discussion of the mounts can be found here.
  • Fitted a set of SKS Chromoplastic 50mm silver mudguards. Not as simple an installation as I expected and some fine tuning is still need.
  • Installed a Topeak Turbo Morph With Gauge pump.  I have mounted this using the bidon braze ons below the down-tube.  Will see how this goes in terms of road grunge etc.
  • Installed a Tubus Cargo (silver) rear rack.
  • Changed the mounting of the Smart SuperFlash rear tail light. It is now fitted alongside a second SuperFlash to the rear of the Tubus Cargo rack.
  • Installed my Avenir top bag to the Tubus Cargo. Not convinced this is the best option but will see how it goes.
April 4, 2009 0 km Fitted the following accessories to my Surly Long Haul Trucker:

12 Responses to Surly Long Haul Trucker Touring Bicycle Maintenance Record

  1. Lee Davis April 16, 2009 at 12:44 AM #

    Hi Andrew,

    I’d not heard of this bike before. I assume from the name it’s for long distance or Audax riding. What is the advantage of this over say the CRX1 you have? Just interested as I’m riding Kalgoorlie in October and thinking of a new bike for it.

    Cheers
    Lee

  2. Aushiker April 20, 2009 at 11:03 PM #

    Hi Lee

    The Surly Long Haul Trucker is a steel framed touring bike, so yes designed for long-distance touring. It is stronger than the CRX 1, has more appropriate drivetrain specification, has braze-ons for racks front and rear, mudguards, frame pump etc, longer chainstays to avoid one’s heel catching on the panniers etc. You are welcome to view it/take it for a spin if you wish.

    Regards
    Andrew

  3. LHT Rider May 7, 2009 at 2:03 PM #

    I’m really starting to like the Truckaccino color, sharp looking bike.

  4. Cambo May 19, 2009 at 10:04 AM #

    Just a quick note on the Garmin GSC sensor mounting (your having to lose the spare spokes) – you can mount the sensor *under* the chainstay and the zip ties would fit beneath your spokes. 🙂

    Also, I have a mate who just built his own LHT and I have sent him a link to this page.

    cheers
    CAMBo

  5. Cambo May 19, 2009 at 7:04 PM #

    Just a quick note on the Garmin GSC sensor mounting (your having to lose the spare spokes) – you can mount the sensor *under* the chainstay and the zip ties would fit beneath your spokes. 🙂

    Also, I have a mate who just built his own LHT and I have sent him a link to this page.

    cheers
    CAMBo

  6. Aushiker May 20, 2009 at 8:04 AM #

    Hi Cambo

    I did look into that, but IIRC that puts the cadence sensor on the wrong side. Not sure if it will pick up the magnet or be too far away. Might give it a shot anyway.

    Regards
    Andrew

  7. craig September 20, 2009 at 9:57 PM #

    How do you find the mirror Andrew

    Is it worth grabbing one do you think for everyday commuting

  8. Aushiker September 22, 2009 at 3:58 PM #

    Hi Craig

    The mirror is pretty good for around town, not so good on the open road out in the country. It does get bumped but is really easy to adjust back and can be easily removed. I also like its size. It is a Zefal Spy Mirror. I got it from Ideal Cycles.

    Andrew

  9. Deepak Rao December 11, 2009 at 9:23 AM #

    Hi Andrew,

    Followed you here from the Google group. Just got myself a LHT and love it. Was wondering, does your hand on the bar get in the way of the view in the mirror?

  10. Aushiker December 13, 2009 at 10:12 AM #

    Hi

    The Zefal Spy Mirror does get obscured when I am on the drops on the Long Haul Trucker, whereas on the Look 555 which has ergo bars, this is not an issue. I also find on the LHT that I easily bump it. Not a big deal to readjust, but it does happen.

    Regards
    Andrew

  11. Sarah January 4, 2010 at 11:51 PM #

    Hi Andrew

    Also have a Truckacino LHT in Perth

    Have had a couple of scratches over the year. I see you have put the Pantone colour down Any idea of suppliers?

    May see you pedalling around!
    Sarah

  12. James June 13, 2012 at 1:11 AM #

    If you’ve tried all the usual toeing in, then the brake squeal is possibly due to the brake hanger at the front being high up.

    Have a read of this…
    http://www.cyclingforum.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=8800
    I’ve always had a crown mounted hanger and never had squeal problems with my cantis.

    Cheers
    James

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