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Hi, welcome to Long Haul Trucker Build. The best place on the internet to guide you through building your own Surly Long Haul Trucker. This site covers the build process from painting the frame to the final details of a fully dressed out touring machine.

Building your own bicycle from a frame and components is not as complicated as it sounds and it is amazingly rewarding when you complete it. You can perform the build with a handful of basic tools and when special bicycle tools are required you can have your local bike shop perform the individual tasks.

The benefits of building your own bike are great! Having familiarization with all the components instills confidence when you are out on the open road. Additionally, you can customize your bike from the beginning. Also, if you don’t like the stock color, a trip to the local powder coater will allow you to pick any color you choose.

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16 comments

  • Francis

    Nice site Chris! You did it the smart way 🙂

    I purchased a Disc Trucker complete bike (this year). Now being familiar with the components that come with it, I’d wished I ordered the frame only and built my own bike. I am well on my way to replacing most of the original components. In the end it will be the bike I want, it will just end up costing me more because I will eventually toss the stock components that came with the bike. Live and learn I guess. Anyway, I’m still very happy with the bike (not so much with some of the components) and am thoroughly enjoying it.

    • Chris Garrison

      Francis, thanks for commenting. Glad to hear you enjoy your Disc Trucker. Take your time and slowly swap-out or upgrade your components. It’s rewarding when you do the work yourself.
      Thanks and good luck,
      -chris

  • Jim Herron

    Hi Chris,
    Which fenders are you installing? Do you have a preference/tried a few? Never ridden with them and now looking… Great website! Really appreciate the effort to build it!
    Jim

    • Chris Garrison

      Hi Jim,
      Thanks for visiting the site. I use SKS fenders and have had good results with them. I specifically used (SKS14-Chromo-longboard-P5-0003) on the website bike, however there are many options for different width wheels. The “black” fenders are not fully black, they have a translucent appearance with a tan colored stripe down the center. I’ve painted three sets of these fenders and haven’t had any issues with scratches or peeling.
      Regards,
      -chris

  • Tom

    What are your thoughts about a disc fork and V brakes on the rear?

    • Chris Garrison

      Hi Tom,
      My opinion is you will like the disc up front because of the increased stopping power. And nothing against a properly setup V-brake, they work great and are easy to work on.
      Regards,
      -chris

  • Thanks for the build Chris. Looking forward to riding that “white creature” from St Augustine to San Diego.
    Great website as well.
    Have a super sparkly day. Keep the shiny side up..
    Jim

  • Over the years, we’ve each tried many other kinds of bicycle, from custom-made titanium racing bikes to aluminum hard-tail mountain bikes. Admittedly, we’ve never tried a different model of touring bike, but the Long Haul Trucker has made such an impression that we feel we’ll never need to. Simply put, they are probably the most comfortable bicycles we have ever ridden.

  • Marc Brooks

    Hi Chris,
    I just bought 3 Lock-links from you. I’m going to install two of them on friends bikes for Christmas presents. I built both of their bikes up from bare frame. My question lies with my LHT. It’s older, and does not have the fork crown threaded boss. I use a Nice front rack., so I have clearance to fabricate something that might work. I just would like to hear if you’ve tinkered with this situation.
    On the subject of fenders, I’ve toured for three years now with Woody’s Custom wood fenders. I re-coat them every year with spar urethane. They still look awesome, especially with leather mud flaps ($2 worth of material from leather shop).
    Thanks, Marc

    • Chris Garrison

      Hi Marc,
      I hope you enjoy the Lock-Links! Yes, the older fork tubes lack the threaded hole, but I like your idea about attaching it to the front rack. I would recommend using a stainless steel P-clamp around the rack tube and then use the threaded end of the swivel joint as the bolt to go through the P-clamp (and then place a nut on the back side. Let me know if this doesn’t make sense and I can send a picture of what I’m saying.
      Additionally, let me know if you need a longer threaded rod (and aluminum tube) and I can send it to you.
      Regards,
      -chris

  • Preston

    Do you have a website that list all the different components available that are higher quality about stock grade… That’s where I need the most help

    • Chris Garrison

      Hi Preston,
      The components listed on my “Components” page are considered upgrades from the stock bike components. I used Shimano Deore for the drive system and upgraded to hydraulic disc brakes. These middle grade Shimano components are well known for their abundance and reliability.
      Regards,
      -chris

  • Preston

    I’m trying to find a dealer for surly in my area…25401… closest I found is probably a hundred miles away.

    Do you know if all Surly dealers will help build a bike in their shop…mainly I want to change out the handlebars for like a better upright sitting position … Similar to threewheeljourney first tour in 2010 2011 and make sure that the other components are good quality

    • Chris Garrison

      Hi Preston,
      Check with your local bike shops. Many times they can coordinate an order with Surly. Surly is a great company and will work with your local shop.
      Most shops can guide you through proper component setup and installation. Additionally, a new Surly will come with the fork tube uncut. This will aid in achieving an upright sitting position.
      Regards,
      -chris

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