Oct 23 2008
As I mentioned in “The Surly Long Haul Trucker—There are Many Like it but This One’s MINE,” most serious cyclists can’t resist customizing their bikes at some point or other. Sometimes the modifications are simple, like adding cargo racks, fenders, and bar bags. But other alterations take some mechanical skill and time getting your hands dirty. In the end, though, the effort pays off with a bike that fits better, or rides more comfortably, or suits your needs with more aplomb.
A case in point is the LHT Alan at EcoVelo rides as his “city bike.” He wasn’t entirely happy with the the crank and rings supplied with the stock LHT. The cranks were too long, and this made his knees unhappy. The triple crank rings provided more gears than he needed. And there was no chain guard on the crankset. So he did as so many of us do—he searched until he found a crankset that fit his needs (and his knees!) much better. Read what he has to say about it on his website here.
So what’s the moral of the story? Don’t be quick to give up on a bike just because it’s not perfect. With a investment in research, time, and elbow grease, you just might be able to outfit your off-the-peg bike to make it yours and yours alone.