Eurovelo 4 - my Surly Disc Trucker in Dieppe, Normandie

The Surly Disc Trucker.
Quite easy.

There are people who do a lot of research when looking for bikes, considering this, considering that. I'm not like that. I do usually have a picture in my head of what I want. And it's basically impossible to convince me of anything else. Similarly with my bike. I did have already two bikes. A Canyon road bike and a beautiful city bike, custom made for me by Santucci Cycles. Both were not made for the tour, so I needed a new one.

Some time ago I lived in San Francisco. There I encountered for the first time Surly bikes. Steel frame, and slightly old-fashioned looking. Back then I thought about getting one, now was the time!

My Surly Long Haul Trucker. Waiting for the train to Berlin.

My Surly Long Haul Disc Trucker. Waiting for the train to Berlin.

I decided to shop around for a Surly Long Haul Disc Trucker. I looked on eBay and so, but I couldn't find any that was fitting for me, at least in Germany. So, I decided to get one build. To explain the level of my competence here, the most important factor was the color. I would have loved to get a racing green one, but only black and pea green were available. Easily black it was.

The next step was to find a bike shop that could build it for me. During COVID times I heard many horror stories on how people were waiting for the bikes for ages. I decided to be on the safe side and looked around one year before the start of my trip to get one. After some hiccups in some shops, I found Radspannerei in Berlin Kreuzberg, who had the frame I wanted and made me a good offer. Two months later I got the bike.

What I got

  • Frame: Surly Disc Trucker 56cm in black (I'm quite tall)
  • Gears: Shimano Tiagra GS 4700
  • Breaks/gears handles: Shimano Tiagra 3x10
  • Breaks: TRP Spyre Disc mechanical 160mm
  • Dynamo: SON 28 Disc Centerlock Nabendynamo 12 mm 32 Loch
  • Lights: SON Edelux
  • Handle bar: Pro Discover 12° 42mm
  • Saddle: Brooks B17s (I still had this one)

That's the rough setup. And believe me, I don't have a clue what all the differences to other specs would be. But I biked with the bike and I love it so far!

All in all. I spent quite some money. I would have loved to slowly assemble the bike by myself and possibly get it cheaper, but I simply lack expertise here.

And. It could have gotten a lot more. I considered to get a Fern bike. Totally custom made, very very very nice. If I would have gotten the guarantee that nobody would steal it, I might have gotten it. But there's no guarantee. And I think my bike looks pretty unassuming for a lot of people, at least that's what I hope.

EuroVelo 5 - my Surly Disc Trucker in Siena, Italy
My Surly Disc Trucker on the Albula Pass in Switzerland. All Brooks panniers fully loaded.
EuroVelo 5 - My Surly Disc Trucker on the Lake Lucerne
My Surly Disc Trucker waiting for the ferry to Windermere in the Lake District
North Coast 500 - My Surly Disc Trucker while bike touring in Scotland
My fully loaded Surly Disc Trucker while cycling from Land's End to John o'Groats
Last update: 20. January 2024
Mood: happy :)