Surly Long Haul Trucker (2011) (54cm, 26″ wheel)
A very solid frame, with all the connections you can think of for building up a touring bike.
The frame held up very well over more than 15,000km, and is still going strong. Some nicks, which were easily concealed and protected with a bit of nail polish. Some rust has appeared, but this is understandable. Seat post is now “frozen” but I haven’t been overly concerned as I don’t need to adjust it.
Surly Long Haul Trucker (2011)
Nice and solid – the uncut stem was an advantage as I could set the height to my requirements.
Mavic XC717 V-Brake Rim
Skinnier than I thought they would be.
Shimano XTR Centre Lock
Spins well. Wheels appear true.
DT Swiss Competition with alloy nipple
They are spokes. We’ll see how they hold up.
Very pretty! Seems very hard and will take some breaking in.
Very comfortable, offers multiple hand positions with the integrated bar ends.
Schwalbe Marathon Dureme Evolution DD (26 x 2.00)
Tyres fold down well, which will make the spare easier to carry.
Schwalbe MTB (Presta 26 x 1.5-2.5)
Not much to say really, will see when we get the bike up and running how many flats I get.
Knog N.E.R.D. 12 Function Wireless
Very brightly coloured. Easy to install.
Shimano A530 SPD Single Sided Touring
Good construction, and the bearings work well.
Topeak Road Morph with Gauge
A tidy little unit, almost feels like a track pump (for very short people)
Shimano Ladies WM43 Multi-Use SPD Shoes
Good looking shoe. The sole isn’t completely rigid so walking in them will be easier.
Water Bottle Cages
Slightly flexible, hopefully will assist in reducing breakage.
Tubus Ergo Lowrider
Solid construction. Ortleib bags fit snugly.
Ortlieb Ultimate 5 Plus+ Map Case
Bag does not appear to be dust proof, may have to invest in something to protect camera etc. Really don’t think I’ll be able to read a map and ride at the same time, but it will be convenient to have the map out and ready for stops.
Panniers – Front
Ortlieb Front Roller Plus Panniers (25L)
Tidy little bag, fits more than you would expect. Should keep a low profile on the front of the bike.
Panniers – Rear
Ortlieb Back Roller Plus (40L)
Good sized bag. The attachment system means that they can be adjusted to stay out of the way of your feet, although I don’t think this will be a problem given the wheelbase of the Surly.
Lezyne Energy Caddy
Roomy enough for on-the-road snacks
Giant generic D-Lock & Kryptonite KryptoFlex 7ft Cable
Cable is a good length, will enable bike to be chained securely through both wheels and back through the frame. Possibly large enough for two bikes.
Cute little piece of kit. Only suitable for boiling water for a cuppa or instant noodles. Could at a stretch make a meal for one. Includes a 800ml pot and small frying pan/pot lid.
Ortlieb Folding Bowl (20L)
This is going to be very useful. Bigger than I thought it would be. Will be great for washing laundry and my person when a shower isn’t available.
Northwave Devine (3/4 length)
Probably a little on the big side, comfortable and dry quickly.
Altura Attack Waterproof
Again a little on the big side – hard to order off the internet – but roomy enough not to restrict movement with an additional layer or two in inclement weather.
Altura Ladies Quantum Cycling T-Shirt
Feels good on, nice and cool. Will be great for the tropical sections of the trip.
Nice collection of tools, well made and appear durable. Case is very handy, and is smaller than I thought it would be.
Endura Coolmax Race
Same colour as the bike! Good fit, should be good for hot weather riding.