Richard is sort of a fixture at Velo Pro. He rides in every now and then and hangs out, gets some supplies and tells us some pretty fantastic stories. He’s been everywhere on this bike and it shows. The Surly Long Haul Trucker is a hearty beast. In my opinion, this steel-framed bike is perfectly capable of going anywhere around the world. Many people do that, of course, picking the sturdy 26-inch-wheeled version as their steed of choice because of the commonality of the wheel size worldwide.
Richard has all the accouterments necessary for survival on the road. Of course, he has added all the custom touches that a man who has traveled with his bike would have.
His panniers are probably the best example of his frugality. Over 40 years old, the drive-side bag is tattered and well used. The non-drive side has never held anything and is close to being brand new. Other than the fact that it looks a bit faded, it is in great shape. Richard declined to have his face photographed. No reason why. Well, there were many reasons, but none that I think were important enough to press the issue. In any case, a great bike and a cool dude. Thanks, Richard!