Thursday, 4 October 2012


Today was the day i picked up my surly disc trucker from colin at belhaven bikes, and decided to go for a test run to check it out, so with the bright sunshine mild temperature and light south west wind i grabbed the chance for a quick ride on my new steed, once i received the bike from colin and made a couple of little adjustments to the saddle and seat post i was good to go, i headed east along the cycle path towards torness point which is my usual commute to work each day, my mtb bike has front suspension and although the LHT has a comfortable riding position the bumpy cycle path combined with the steel fork up front made it a little uncomfortable on the arms but this being the first time i have rode the bike wasn't a major concern as i'm sure i'll become accustomed to the different riding position.

Looking back and down towards the coast lies barn's ness light house, and the north sea.

And a little further inland lafarge cement works.

A quick picture of the LHT disc complete with panner racks and mudguards.
I continued my cycle east along the old closed off A1 out towards the power station which lies about six miles from Dunbar.

And out along the break water at the point, the picture above shows the dolaces which are laid individually to protect the shoreline around the power station from coastal corrosion......

They also protect the Dunbar lifeboat which is moored in relative safety from strong northeast storms like the one we had here just last week, the lifeboat is a trent class capable of a top speed of 25 knots and a range of 250 nautical miles, it's powered by two mman turbo engines.

While out on the point i took a quick pic of st abbs head in the distance....

.....And one west towards barns ness and the bass rock.

With my stomach beginning to rumble through hunger i decided to head back to Dunbar for food and a mug of steaming coffee, total ride distance of 12 miles and time on the bike was one hour 15 minutes, above one last picture of the surly LHT disc,
The components list
Surly disc trucker frame (steel)
Deore chain set 48/36/26
Hollowtech bottom bracket
Slx rear mech
Slx front mech
Slx rear cassette
Die compi brake leavers
Shimano 160mm rotors x2
Shimano front and rear disc brake calipers
Mavic 717 rims built with halo black spokes and Slx hubs
Continental gatorskin tires x2
Sks mudguards x2
9 speed sram chain
Turtec front and rear panner
Pro 110 stem
Ritchy comp drop bars
Chris king head set with carbon spacers
Brooks b17 leather saddle with suspension seat post
Dura ace bar end shifters x2
Deda green bar tape.


  1. The Trucker is looking good. I'm sure you'll get into the different riding style. The pic of the dolos blocks is brilliant but I still don't believe that they were individually positioned.

  2. I know what you mean, looks more like they where placed there by a dump truck, but each block was put in it's position one at a time, must have been a nightmare of a job.