Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Year of the Trucker

"Get the phone! Someone's asking about a Surly bike!"

I picked up the phone and punched in.

"I'm really interested in getting a 46 centimeter Surly Long Haul Trucker," said the caller, a woman.

This would be the second 46 cm LHT in about four days. It's also one of several calls about Surly touring bikes that have not yet led to sales.

This morning, our first LHT customer, from a couple of years ago, rode in with his, in search of some new tires.

Something more than the price of gas and the crappy economy has to be propelling this sudden surge of interest in touring bikes. Each person inquiring about a Long Haul Trucker has also researched other brands.

Lord protect us from another bike boom, but I wouldn't mind seeing a few more people get into it in a good way.

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