I have since last autumn planning for a new bike, Of course I have been able to stick to my current, Trekk with aluminum frame, but if an accident occurs and welding is necessary, a steel frame is more easy to repair, especially at countryside in countries with less technic Equipments and skills
Another reason for a new bike is, steel frame is more rigid and that will be needed.
Surly Long Haul Trucker is an american model and designed in all aspects to go the distance in relative comfort, and to be able to haul a bunch of stuff, +55 kilo!
Steel frame, standard equipment, without saving on quality, so spare parts will be easy to find everywhere.
a wholesale, general agent for this model in Sweden was asked to order the bike with holder for panniers and a new handlebar.
Bicycle and racks for panniers no problems, but the new handlebars dimension did not fit the shifters.
To find a new handlebars with correct diameter wasn´t easy, a mechanical workshop got to rebuild the handlebar.
Next problem was the shipment from the wholesaler to Örnsköldsvik. Somewhere in Sundsvall at a transshipment the bike disappeared and nobody had a clue were my bike was.
I promise you my thoughts wasn´t positiv, thought the worst, but after a weeks searching a women from Stockholm called me and told me that my bike has arrived to Örnsköldsvik.
My eyes brighten and the corners of the mouth curve slightly upward expressing huge satisfaction
– Puuh –
When I got my bike, and drove to a local bicycle workshop for installation and assembly of a new dynaomo hub and USB charger