Alee’s Touring Bike November 15th, 2011 What parts are on it? Check the bindle! Changes to be made: Replace Rohloff hub oil Cut down Rohloff gear cables Mount E3 rear light Investigate a possible kick stand New paintjob Related Posts Touring Bikes Review: Surly Long Haul Trucker Touring Bike Bike Gear Gates Carbon Belt Drive: Everything You Ever Need to Know Bike Gear 15 Reasons to Tour with a Rohloff Hub Touring Bikes What's the Difference Between Cyclocross and Touring Bikes? Bike Gear 23 Ways to Run Rohloff Shifters with Road Drop Handlebars Bike Gear Pinion Gearbox 18 Speed: The Future for Bike Touring? A Rohloff Replacement? Karl I’d leave the paintjob as-is if I were you. The forest green is low-key and understated. However (professionally applied) enamel black is also a good choice for a touring frame (hides the grease and marks). Alex Denham The bike is now unintentionally pewter grey! I’ll have to do some new photos… Night Sailor Paint it black with no decals. Night Sailor It is almost exactly what I would have built. I would have gone with the black Rohloff Speedhub, and 36 spoke wheels, or perhaps more. Don’t paint it. It looks fantastic as is. Sam I’d want to take this here! https://medium.com/the-bright-now/carretera-austral-cycling-guide-covering-650-km-of-deserted-road-in-two-to-three-weeks-69953e85faf9 Michelle 1) Do you have an updated list of parts/upgrades for your tour bike? (This helpful post is from 2011.) 2) And is there a description of what each item is? I have looked at the photos of the parts in the bindle. 3) Not sure if this is the right place to ask this, but for the Long Haul Disc Trucker, do folks just have a dynamo hub added to Surly’s factory wheels? 4) What did you decide (if anything) for a kickstand solution? (I’d prefer a kickstand myself.) Also, thank you for all that you share, Alee! My situation is that I’m shopping for my first-ever touring bike (good for paved roads, dirt roads) that will take panniers, as that I was not able to carry that much with bags strapped to my old aluminum frame road bike. Alee | CyclingAbout.com Hi Michelle I’ve been meaning to update this page for a long while, so thanks for bringing it to my attention. I’m about to give my bike a new lick of paint, a new handlebar style and a complete rebuild. It’s about time! Oh, and you should be able to click the individual items in the Bindle to see what the items are. You can easily add a dynamo hub to the existing factory rim. You will need new spokes and the hub of course, but any competent wheel builder can put one together for you. Here’s a way to mount a kickstand to the Surly. It’s a DIY kit, but is by far the neatest option available. http://longhaultruckerbuild.com/kickstand-install/ Here’s a list of my 8 favourite touring bikes at the moment: http://www.cyclingabout.com/best-touring-bikes-list/ I actually have a new book about touring bikes available in the next month, so keep your eyes peeled. 🙂 Alee ADAP7IVE Hi Alee, I just found this page when I was looking for options to modify my Disc Trucker. I am a little worried about having the frame cut for the belt drive, but being completely honest, when I bought the Trucker back in 2012, I was looking for a durable everyday commuter/tourer with Gates belt drive and IGH for no-maintenance riding. How did the frame hold up to the mod for the Gates? Any thoughts on keeping a chain versus going for the belt drive now, years later? Alee | CyclingAbout.com With a highly-skilled frame builder, you’ll have no problems running a belt drive / IGH setup. That said, it’s pretty expensive to modify and repaint a frame. These days the Specialized AWOL, Soma Wolverine and Shand Stoater frames are perhaps a more cost-effective belt drive option (you could sell your frame and offset costs too). I still run and love belts and Rohloff hubs. ADAP7IVE That’s a good point. I was looking at some of your reviews, and those are definitely great options for a belt drive bike. I also could use a folder with my tiny apartment and frequent travel in Japan, so maybe a Tern Verge S8i or even a Brompton for that (without the belt on the latter, though). I was thinking of at least going for a Rolhoff hub on the Disc Trucker, though. Are any mods required for that alone? Alee | CyclingAbout.com The Rohloff hub ideally requires sliding dropouts, including a Rohloff-specific dropout on the non-drive side. It’s also neat if you have cable mounts for the Rohloff cables brazed onto your frame. Unless you REALLY liked your Disc Trucker frame, the ideal solution is definitely a frame built around those components. I would’ve saved a lot of money if those frames existed 6-7 years ago! 🙂 ADAP7IVE Thanks again, and thanks for replying so quickly! It’s about 4:40 PM in Japan now, but it might be late where you are. I may just swap frames and get something purpose-built for Rohloff (and/or Gates belt drive).