Surly Long Haul Trucker or Thorn Sherpa

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Re: Surly Long Haul Trucker or Thorn Sherpa

Postby mrjemm » Wed Jul 02, 2014 8:02 pm

Thread from 2009... Tutenkamun got the last of that deal. :wink:
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Re: Surly Long Haul Trucker or Thorn Sherpa

Postby Ginevrastar » Wed Jul 16, 2014 3:12 pm

You can get Surly LHTs in the UK - I got mine at Cycle Heaven in York. They did a free bike fitting to make sure I was getting the right size and made some very nice custom adjustments, such as re-mounting the bar-end shifters further up the drop handlebars (which I'd swapped for Salsa Cowbells for ergonomic reasons) by means of some Paul Thumbies... but that's another story.

I've never ridden a Thorn, so I'm not much use on your original question, but I think the LHT's a much prettier, classic-looking frame and it hauls weight as if it weren't there. I read in a lot of places that the bike 'comes into its own' when its fully loaded, and didn't know what they meant til I tried it: it's almost like it springs into life, as if by loading up the panniers you've given the bike a reason for its existence. I'm planning to ride to Indonesia on mine and I'm very confident I have the right bike for the job.
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Re: Surly Long Haul Trucker or Thorn Sherpa

Postby mrjemm » Wed Jul 16, 2014 4:51 pm

Ginevrastar wrote:...custom adjustments, such as re-mounting the bar-end shifters further up the drop handlebars (which I'd swapped for Salsa Cowbells for ergonomic reasons) by means of some Paul Thumbies... but that's another story.


Kinda like this? :wink:

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I like like this very much. :D

p.s. Yes, I know the brake release button's pushed in, and the gear cables are too short, but, well... :oops:
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Re: Surly Long Haul Trucker or Thorn Sherpa

Postby bikes4two » Wed Jul 16, 2014 8:55 pm

travelling wrote:I'm quite fortunate in that when I first come over I brought a bike with me and it's recorded on my flight booking/ticket so taking a bike back will not seem unusual

I also used the airline supplied bike box rather than the manufacturers bike box which cost me 15 quid which I still have

in the scheme of things i think it's not likely I will be stopped and charged extra BUT i will have money on me in case that happens


Can't you just take the bike for a muddy/wet ride and dirty it up a tad so that it looks used!
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Re: Surly Long Haul Trucker or Thorn Sherpa

Postby Bicycler » Sat Jul 19, 2014 4:17 pm

bikes4two wrote:
travelling wrote:I'm quite fortunate in that when I first come over I brought a bike with me and it's recorded on my flight booking/ticket so taking a bike back will not seem unusual

I also used the airline supplied bike box rather than the manufacturers bike box which cost me 15 quid which I still have

in the scheme of things i think it's not likely I will be stopped and charged extra BUT i will have money on me in case that happens


Can't you just take the bike for a muddy/wet ride and dirty it up a tad so that it looks used!

This is an old thread so I guess it hardly matters anyway. In case anybody is reading this thread and thinking they may not have to pay tax/duty, they should be aware that they are committing an offence if they do not declare their purchases to customs upon arrival. I really don't think we should be encouraging tax evasion or any other illegal activity on this forum.. Amongst other things, it really is unfair on UK LBSs who do have to pay taxes and can't compete with goods illicitly brought into the country.
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