Tag Archives: Long Haul Trucker

My Surly LHT Turns 2 Years Old

I have had my Surly Long Haul Trucker for 2 years now, and I have never doubted myself for choosing it over a different bike. The love story between me and the LHT began long before I got her. For years I knew I wanted the bike. I would try out other bikes at shops and never be happy with how they felt or how they were set up. I knew I wanted to do long rides and touring so why not go with a full out touring bike such as the LHT? The one thing was I already had a decent amount of bikes and not a lot of money. Also, I didn’t like the colors it was offered in for a couple years. They were dull colors: Utility Blue, Olive Green, Truckaccino Tan, I wanted something brighter, and then they showed off the new color at Interbike in October 09, Blue Velvet (also known as Hill Street Blue) and I knew I really wanted it.

First Photo of My Surly and I

I moved to Oregon in late March of 2010. A month later, on April 25th, I bought my Surly Long Haul Trucker. I was so happy that day, finally getting a super comfortable bicycle to ride for a long time.

Rain Cape

This year on April 25th I happily was able to do a nice 20mile ride with a friend in the morning. Then after he left to go home I kept going, ending up riding just over a metric century that day, 67.58miles in total.

Happy Birthday Surly 2 Years Of Good Rides Together, And Lots More To Come. Birthday Breakfast Only I Can Enjoy, Sorry Surly.
Ride With A Friend Bill's Bench Right When It Starts Raining
Ride Treat Rain Cape Tent
Taking A Break From The Rain Fox Hollow and Lorane
Untitled A stop at the end of the Fern Ridge Path, then back into town.
Surly's Metric Century Birthday Ride, and I still have 4 more miles and need to get some groceries. From after Surly's Birthday Ride on the April 25th
Surly Birthday Bike Route

Last year on Surly’s birthday I got him the Surly Rear Nice Rack, and this year I got him the Surly Front Nice Rack to Match. This rack is massive, and will certainly see a lot of use. Now I just need to get myself a set of Ortlieb Front-Roller Panniers to match my Back-Roller.

Surly Front Nice Race First Ride With My New Surly Front Nice Rack

Happy Birthday Surly!!!

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Photo: March Starts

March has been very eventful for me so far, but there haven’t been any big topics I have wanted to blog about yet.

Last week I got to go on a nice long ride with a friend outside of Eugene; we got to sit and watch some cute baby pigs for a little bit. The next day, Angel and I had a nice ride around Eugene. We went to the Masonic Cemetery, and got a lot of great photos of some wild flowers. I’ll write about the cemetery next time I go there. It’s a great place to spend some time looking around. Afterwards we went to Viva! Vegetarian Grill for some ice cream and sweet potato fries. (Recently, I  won a free ice cream cone, for guessing the flavor right on their Facebook Page, but haven’t had the chance to clam my prize. It’s peanut butter. YUM!) Later that night Angel and I went out to eat with some friends at Cornbread Cafe, our first time there. We have had really nice weather so far this month, but it looks like the next couple weeks might not be that great.

Rant:
Most recently Angel and I went to see The Lorax. When we got our movie tickets we didn’t really look at the tickets themselves right away. (We got the tickets early). Later we realized we had received IMAX tickets. We have never seen anything in IMAX, and neither of us have ever seen a 3D movie. We don’t care for the idea of 3D movies,  as we both have glasses (and don’t want to deal with the 3D pair), and find all the hype annoying.  After we went to exchange the IMAX tickets for normal 2D tickets, we were told they were for John Carter, (didn’t notice that part) not what we wanted at all. We just wanted to see The Lorax, standard 2D, not John Carter IMAX 3D.

Well anyway, here are some nice photos I have taken since the beginning of the month.

Nice Fork Detail and New Rack Mounts On The Surly LHT Gamboling Goats Little Piglets Rooting Sow My Yellow Porch Chair - Warmer outside than inside. Safety Melon at The Library I Would Live There Flower at The Masonic Cemetery Flower at The Masonic Cemetery Flower at The Masonic Cemetery Finger Pointing Down Hope Abbey Hope Abbey Hope Abbey Apple Spice Icecream at Viva! Sweet Potato Fries and Vegan CheeSauce 
Angel Hot Things! Mac unCheese and Cornbread The Eugenewich and Crinkle Fries Gravy Fries Eating On The Front Porch One Other Bike My Pants :: New Pants Bike Pin Broom Stand When you ask for the Lorax 2D, make sure you don't get John Carter 3D.

Photo: February Adventures

Throughout the month of February I took a lot of great photos that I never used in any of my posts here. So instead of letting them fade back into the darkness of Flickrs past I have collected them all here for anyone interested. February was quite eventful this year. I ended up going on a couple good long rides with friends as well as by myself. I had some good foods I haven’t had in a long time, like a Voodoo Doughnut. And had some great finds like a compost bin and  roller trainer.
Now, on to March for even more exciting new adventures for me.

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GreenCycle Services Christmas Tree Pick Up Peanut Butter Sandwich Easter Island Head Spencer Butte Willamette and Fox Hollow Bill's Bench Country Road Shed At My Back - The Sunset Tri-Color Rotini - after ride meal. Moon Mountain City Park Tires - I just learned Moon Mt. City Park seems to be nothing more then a tire dump. How fun. Boat Protected Natural Area The Moon Hendricks Park Smoothie YUM!!! Bikes Contents of an Owl Pellet Working Glasses - the best My Birthday Dinner Book Eating Robot Glazed Doughnut - it's been too long Angel's New Robot Necklace Pizza Heart Skinner Butte Climbing Columns Up Close Rode Up Skinner Butte 10 Times - Unofficial World Record Early Morning Ride Connecting Communities Sponsors Magazine & Newspaper Room Ceiling Added Reflective Tape to My Rims Bridge Tower Angel and Her Linus Me and My Surly Best Buy's Bike Racks are Full Taking a Break From The Rain Vanilla Shake Rain Cape into Rain Cover - securely locked Squid!!! Found a nice large compost bin on the side of the road for free. On My Way Home Glass Yehuda Moon & The Kickstand Cyclery - Patch and Books Pot Tower My Bike Takes Me Places That School Never Could Velomobile Bikes Outside The Job Fair Out For A Ride Boca Burger with Onions and Fries Got a CycleOps Roller Trainer on Craigslist Today. Now I'm riding it in the kitchen, I'm pleased. To Much Smoothie - What's a boy to do? Smoothie Cube Starter Work

Video & Photo: Skinner Butte Climb

Skinner Butte is located just north of downtown Eugene, and everyone here knows it and has probably a ridden their bike up it a couple times. It’s not a hard ride really, just slow going. Last week I rode up and down it 10 times (making it a little tiring) just to make this 2min video for fun. It allowed me to try the camera out in different angles and views, and ended up being quite fun climbing it that many times in a row.

I got some nice photo on the ride that I like.
Skinner Butte Climbing Columns Skinner Butte Climbing Columns Up Close Skinner Butte Reservoir 1926 Down Hill Bend Looking At Spencer Butte Rode Up Skinner Butte 10 Times - Unofficial World Record  Sunset

I ended up taking over an hour of footage for this 2min video, 10 rides up and down. I did it to try out all the different angles I might be able to do with my GoPro.
Each Ride and What I did that Time
1. Front facing from helmet
2. Pointed at my face (not used)
3. Pointed at gears
4. From rear facing pedals
5. Front wheel
6. Handlebars facing downtube
7. Scenery
8. Map My Ride route mapping (pictured at the bottom)
9. Photos
10. Fun for good measure

Sunset Bike Ride

Today was a great day for riding. Earlier in the day I went out for a ride with Kori from GreenCycle Services on a Christmas tree pick up in North Eugene. It was nice to get to know him more. Then I met up with Angel after she was done with all her classes for the day at school. We went for a ride around the river paths, then went home to eat, where I had a  stupendous peanut butter sandwich on toasted Dave’s Killer Bread heels (I LOVE heel sandwiches). Then went out for a solo ride into the South Hills of Eugene. I went down Willamette to Fox Hollow to McBeth. This was the first time I went that way. Normally I take Fox Hollow back into town. Going toward McBeth this time was fun. I found Bill’s Bench (if you know anything more about it, I am interested), it’s a nice little bench right off Fox Hollow Rd set aside to watch sunset right on the road. On the plaque it reads:

“Bill’s Bench
Bill Sloat, a long-time Fox
Hollow Resident, loved this
spot and dreamed of a bench
here so cyclists and others
could enjoy it too.
Placed by family and friends
of William R. Sloat with
permission of the Dale Smith
Family, owners of this land.
1991”

After that I saw a flock turkeys, a sheep/goat with large straight up horns, and three American bison. Sadly the turkeys ran when I got closer, and the sheep/goat and bison were too far away to get a good photo. It was a great sunset ride, with some well deserved pasta when I got home.
GreenCycle Services Christmas Tree Pick Up Peanut Butter Sandwich Easter Island Head Spencer Butte Willamette and Fox Hollow Bill's Bench Country Road At My Back Tri-Color Rotini - after ride meal.

End of January Bike Ride

Angel and I got ice cream from Viva! Vegetarian Grill today. The second greatest vegan ice cream, only to my own. 😉 Viva has the best soft serve, with great flavors to choose from, all organic, with specialty ingredients. They have new flavors every couple weeks. Angel got Mocha and I got Apple Spice. After that, we rode down to the river paths around Alton Baker Park to see the flooded areas. The flooding had receded, but the water is still high enough that some of it covers or reaches the edges of the path. Later saw a Penny-farthing.

Mocha Icecream Apple Spice Icecream North Bank Path Sign Flooded Path May Be Flooded When River Rises By the River Bank Surly and The Tree Penny-farthing

Here’s a nice video we made of the ride.

New Year to Now: Collection of Photos

Here are some photos I like that I have taken since the first of the year. Including photos from today’s ride to West Eugene.

Big Fungi Mini Bulldozer
And this path goes where? Exit
Flakeboard - the other side of the Northwest timber industry. Angel and I
Pizza Night Sweet Potato Fries!
Beautiful Day for a Bike Ride with Angel Happy New Year with Top Gear and Naps