simonhill wrote:Welcome to the LHT club.
I got mine 2 years ago and have ridden 4 big longhaul tours, clocked up 15,000kms, including UK local stuff. Love it!
A few small knocks and dings and some of the stupid stickers peeling off (hoorah). It looks more like a true workhorse now.
My main concern with your bike is the vulnerability of the gear (and maybe brake) levers stuck out on the front scaffolding. A tumble or a careless transport baggage handler (plane, bus, boat, train,etc) could wreck a tour. I don't imaging that they would be easily replaceable in more remote destinations.
Glad you're enjoying yours. I think they need a few knocks, when they're pristine you're too precious about them, a couple of dings and you can relax.
Yep, the shifters are definitely prominent but I'm not sure they're any more of a risk than being under on the drop ends? If you imagine a bike falling over or crashing, I think the drop end mounted are at more risk. You've definitely got a point with them being at risk when shipping, I think I'll make some tough covers that'll be zip-tied in place should I ever ship her anywhere. It's a risk worth taking I think, I've just done a 140 mile weekend and it's perfectly comfortable and the shifting is super efficient in that top position.