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Savra2011-09-13 19:20:30 +0000 #1
Hello. I am not exactly new. I posted a long time ago when I got my first road bike but am rather shy and so don't post much. But I wanted to share my new purchase.

This last week the Easter Bunny brought me a beautiful blue Surly LHT to ride the upcoming fully supported Erie Canal Bike Tour this summer. I've wanted to do the Erie Canal ride for some time and finally found I could fit it in! Of course, that meant a brand new Surly! I've only ridden her twice now with only one long ride. She desperately needs a new saddle. I'm thinking the pre-aged Brooks Flyer S. Next I am looking into panniers so I can commute to work and have bags for the tour.
kmehrzad2011-09-13 19:23:00 +0000 #2
Congrats on your Easter gift, Savra. I also have a Surly LHT (black) and I really love the bike. Last yr. I rode the LHT 3 days, 185 mi. on the C&O Canal Towpath and the bike was a pleasure to ride. I hope you enjoy your Surly on the Erie Canal tour this summer.
Savra2011-09-13 19:53:15 +0000 #3
Thank you! Has any one one here done the Erie Canal Bike Tour? Any suggestions? Thoughts? Was it fun? I would love to hear from people who have done it before.
Tri Girl2011-09-13 20:43:05 +0000 #4
woo wee- that's SOOO gorgeous!!! Congrats!!!!
redrhodie2011-09-13 20:26:11 +0000 #5
Man, all EB brought me was some crummy candy.

Congrats on the gorgeous machine!
moderncyclista2011-09-13 19:58:00 +0000 #6
NICE!!!! Lovely. Now you get to customize it and make it yours. I scraped off the "fff logo" on one side (which offended my prissy sensibilities as a woman) - the other was covered with a clear chain guard by my bike shop so I covered it with perfect color -match blue electrical tape (until I find the perfect snarky bike bumpersticker that wants to live there.)

Upgraded to a Brooks saddle, got soft blue waterproof roll-top panniers. I was going to leather wrap the bars but the wrap job is so good and comfy I didn't want to mess it up. I slapped on FOX mountain bike alloy platform pedals (with nobbies to hold my feet on.) All in all I adore this bike. I don't care how heavy people say it is, it rides like a dream. I beat people in aluminum, carbon and vintage steel bikes up giant hills and straightaways (and I'm no professional biker). Surly makes great bikes. If the economy improves sometime soon I really want to invest in a Cross-Check. (The GF wants a Karate Monkey or a Troll. )

Basically CONGRATULATIONS! Be prepared for massive fun ahead!
Savra2011-09-13 21:49:55 +0000 #7
[QUOTE=moderncyclista;570632]

Upgraded to a Brooks saddle, got soft blue waterproof roll-top panniers. I was going to leather wrap the bars but the wrap job is so good and comfy I didn't want to mess it up. I slapped on FOX mountain bike alloy platform pedals (with nobbies to hold my feet on.)

Sounds like we have similar tastes. I have already ordered the Brooks and was thinking of the Ortlieb Backroller Blue Panniers. I was going to do the leather wrap too but found the black wrap that is already on it to be really well done. I don't want to mess with a good thing. I stuck with my basic SPD pedals though. I keep thinking I'm going to try the Speedplay Frogs but don't feel like having to change the pedals on ALL my bikes at this point.
wnyrider2011-09-13 22:13:24 +0000 #8
Hi Savra, Just a quick hello and congrats on the LHT! Are you still in Cheektowaga? Seeing Buffalo in your location, I remembered you from back when I joined the forum. I ended up meeting another Niagara County resident member from this forum and for the last two summers we've ridden around the area. You are welcomed to join us. In the meantime enjoy your Surly:- )

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