The weather finally broke in Swamphouston and the long Labor Day holiday weekend promised the first day less than 90F (32C) and night below 80F (27C).
Perfect for camping out and sleeping in our pumpkin, as well as taking an extended test ride of the LHTs. After several weeks of on again, off again assembling of the new Surlys, the bikes were finally ready for their shakedown ride. With the bikes complete, I no longer had to endure the snide comments of my neighbor, “So you’re still putting those bikes together, huh?”
To the untrained eye, these were dork bikes – complete with fenders, racks, and wide saddles with springs. To the experienced long distance cyclo-tourist, they were a pair of kick-ass rides. The only thing lacking was a kickstand (which is planned and the only thing left to make me the un-coolest uncle to my pre-teen nephews and nieces).
The holiday began as I snuck out of work early and packed the car. The state park reservations were made. The bikes were…not loaded.
It turns out, you can’t accommodate a front rack and fender setup on our Thule roof rack. So the front racks were removed along with the fenders.
My neighbor happened to arrive home during the disassembly.
So you’re still putting those bikes together, huh?