First fully loaded ride

I decided to try my Surly Long Haul Trucker fully loaded, on my regular short training ride. This is a roughly 15 mile loop around town. It includes a pretty long climb, not really steep but about 2-1/2 miles uphill. I was pleasantly surprised that I seemed to make good time. I definitely wasn’t setting and speed records, but I was moving along smartly.

I had to make some adjustments to the way the front panniers were loaded and move them back a little. It seemed that too much of the weight was out front of the axle and made the front end a little wobbly. It may have just been me, but the change in weight distribution seemed to help.

I also got an inkling into why most tourers seem to prefer not using clipless peddles. At the low acceleration of a fully loaded bike, it’s hard to get your shoes “clipped in” before you lose inertia. With regular pedals, I would just have to step on it to get going and then adjust my foot position once I’m underway.

I’m definitely going to do some more practice rides, including some harder training rides, to get used to moving the extra weight. I really worked the gears today, but never really had to get down in the small chain ring.

The combination of me and the bike, is approaching 300 pounds. I just hope the 700 x 32 Paselas are up to the weight.


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