Monday, May 5, 2008
Why I chosed a Surly Long Haul Trucker for Sumatra.
I was tempted to ride one of my foldies for the Sumatran trip but was warned that the bad roads could be challenging. Looking back, it would be possible but only on 20" Big Apple tires and with exceptional hill-climbing gearing. However, when you are flying downhill at 40km/h+ and the road deterioates to this... it could be dicey. The LHT was perfect for the job. Robust, comfortable, reliable and sturdy.
This was videoed before we started the long 20km+ climb to Tele. Note the breathtaking scenery and steep mountains ahead. I feel so tired just looking at it!
Thanks Chris for the pain and the pleasure, and capturing this wonderful adventure on video. Great pic of our bikes too.