Long Haul Trucker Ride
This test ride was done on by using my commute. I left with plenty of time to allow for adjustments but none were necessary. I do have one link in the chain that's really sticking. It's a used chain, and I'm sure I can work it out, but it was annoying. The chain is also a bit too short. I'm putting too much tension on my rear derailleur when I'm on the big cog and the big chainring. In fact, it really won't go there at all.
Also, I need to true the wheels. I'm using v-brakes and road levers. They're made to work together (which they do well) but... no barrel adjuster. That means I've got little room to make small adjustments to the cable tension. If my wheels are true and the brakes are set up well, it won't be an issue.
All in all, I'm very pleased with this bike. I LOVED the way it rode. It was crazy comfortable and felt like a great fit. Honestly, I thought it would be too big. It's a 52 and my Cross Check is a 50. But this felt even better than the CC. Perhaps its the geometry of the frame. Perhaps its the size. Either way, I loved it. Being that this is my wife's bike, I was ready to sell the Cross Check and buy a Long Haul Trucker... all from this one ride. Obviously, I'll give it more time to make that decision. But I can see myself contemplating it over time.
Get out there.