And the color almost looks like Surly's Truckacinno!! ;)
OMG, we have created a monster! Another devoted Surly convert!
Hehe. I have to get one, though. But believe me, my mind is a bit distracted with the thought of buying one... I think we can say, however, it's probably just a matter of time before my frugal half breaks down...Surly's website has had quite a few hits from my IP addresss, that's for sure.
Welcome to the dark side, Mars Girl. :-)
forget the long haul trucker, go with the raleigh sojourn. comes stock with a brooks saddle and tape, disc brakes, rear rack, wide handlebars, all for about the same price as the lht. i was determined to own a lht for a long time, then i tried out the sojourn. a much better bike in my opinion.
Stephen, thanks for your comments and comparison of the Surly Long Haul Trucker and the Raleigh Sojourn. Glad to hear that you are happy with the Sojourn! They are both great bikes, and either one will get you across the city or across the country in style. The Raleigh Sojourn is a great value for the money, since it comes with the rear rack and fenders (which most people end up adding onto the Long Haul Trucker), plus, as you mentioned, the Brooks saddle and leather bar tape. I think the saddle and bar tape look pretty sweet, but not everyone is into the leather saddle thing. The disc brakes are nice as well; not everyone needs them, but they do help to prevent wear (and even blowout) of your rims, especially if you're doing a lot of heavily-loaded touring on long mountain descents.