A Couple of Figures

Wheel full 70pxI just realized while posting on facebook today that my Surly Disc Trucker as equipped including the racks and panniers cost just under a dollar per mile for each of the close to 3,600 miles (5,800 kilometers) that I rode it last fall.


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At the Bike Gallery, the shop in Portland that put it all together.  The pedals
at this point were temporaries and that bottom water bottle clip came off and
was replaced by a frame pump, but that’s pretty much the way it looked (plus
an Ortlieb seat stem tool bag) when I rode down the Atlantic coast.

Wheel full 70pxI’ve also figured that the 80 or so pounds (36 kilograms) I lost in preparing for and during the trip cost me a little less than two hundred dollars apiece when you figure in the cost of the whole trip. You can do the math- it’s why I never want to gain any of that weight back.

Well, excuuuuuse me…

Wheel full 70pxI make a mistake every so often- once a year maybe?  I’m guessing, but…

…I’ve definitely been wrong about my bike.


Wheel full 70pxFor weeks I’ve been telling everyone that I have a Surly Long-Haul Trucker.  Well, as Ron Ziegler used to say, “That statement is inoperative.”  I don’t have a Surly Long-Haul Trucker.

Wheel full 70pxIt was the paint that tipped me off.  That, and the fact that my bike is clearly labeled “Disc Trucker” on the top tube.

Apparently a Surly Disc Trucker [linkie] is a Surly Long-Haul Trucker set up uniquely for the installation of disc brakes.  So I have a Surly Disc Trucker.

Who knew?