Another Trucker hits the road
The Long Haul Truckers and Crosschecks offer good platforms for setting up quality touring and commuting bikes.
In this case, a Trucker was chosen as the starting point. The bike will be carrying heavy loads with rear and front panniers plus the bar bag.
The bike will also be used extensively for city riding. By integrating a dynamo lighting system you get light when you need it. The Busch and Müller IQ Fly plus headlight is a headlight we often recommend: ‘plus’ means it means includes standlicht, or standlight, (ie: it stays on for some minutes when the bike stops, for safety at intersections etc). There’s another option on the B&M Lights, the ‘senso’ feature. Sense means it has a light sensor for automatic switching (ie: when it’s dark, the light comes on). Some of the B&M headlights are also now coded RT, meaning they have a daytime running light. The RT or Senso options are great, but with the current generation of dynamo hubs there’s such high efficiency that some riders leaving the light on full time.
In this case when touring is also part of the intended application, we’ve fitting a B&M E-Werk charger and extra battery pack. These photos don’t show a cradle to hold the rider’s smartphone but one of these is certainly on the cards.
The shot above also shows the wheel stabiliser spring. The weight over the front end means that the bars are likely to flop to one side when the bike is stationary. This risks the headlight being pushed against the downtube, causing damage. It can also make the bar bag and front panniers easier to mount and load up. With the added front weight, the wheel stabiliser should also give a more stable ride over rougher terrain.