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Starting at the beginning

Hartmame2012-07-16 04:15:02 +0000 #1
I've been reading about touring and regardless of the path I took to get here I have decided that touring is something I need/want to do. I decided after much thinking and reading to start at the very beginning.

I have decided to build up my tour bike from a frame. After much reading I had decided to pick up any old frame for this purpose. I had an old dual suspension Jamis for parts and I picked up a GT ZuM unfortunately or fortunately I chose the wrong size. I ended up in a conversation with my LBS about frame size and what type of bike frame to get for my future bike touring and their suggestion was the 46cm Surly LHT. After long deliberation and difficulty parting with the cash for such a nice frame I finally decided to go ahead with the purchase and the project. I was able to pick up the 2011 blue velvet on sale.

I think I have everything I need and it is just a matter of assembling the thing unless I run into trouble.
Sky King2012-07-16 04:27:12 +0000 #2
whew, you had me worried there for a minute

the LHT is a great choice and enjoy putting it all together! We love the LHT so don't hesitate if you have any questions
Biciclista2012-07-16 05:01:56 +0000 #3
awesome choice! welcome to TE
Dog2012-07-16 05:05:22 +0000 #4

I'm new to touring too. I have done a 3-day tour and a S-24 hour tour and loved both. I bought a LHT for Christmas 2010 and love it. I'm looking forward to some short tours this year. Glad to hear others are too!
ridebikeme2012-07-16 05:31:27 +0000 #5
Have fun with your new bike, and of course building it!

I've been doing tours for years, but this past summer was the first time that I actually did a self contained tour. Now I know why lots of people say that after riding self contained, they would not ride anything but.
Savra2012-07-16 05:39:11 +0000 #6
Welcome to the LHT club. It is a great bike! I love mine and I love touring on it. Have fun. It is well worth the money.
Hartmame2012-07-16 06:10:10 +0000 #7
Thank you, for the nice replies, I now feel very welcome here. My enthusiasm for touring seems to be catching. A couple of the women that I volunteer with have now decided we should do a bike over night this summer. I didn't know they rode at all now they are talking about getting miles in on a trainer over what is left of the winter. My bike isn't even put together yet!! I'm feeling a little under pressure now.



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