Been lusting after a better bike specific for long rides and touring for ages, with my eye firmly on the Surly Long Haul Trucker. It has got to the point that I visited Mosquito Bikes in London last week to Have a look, and then I went there yesterday to get measured up, to check the size, and get the bike to fit me exactly.
An interesting experience and i can understand why people may spend thousands on a custom bike built exactly for them. I was though buying an off the shelf bike with Mosquito making sure they helped me choose the right size and then adjust the seat and handlebar stem etc to fit me perfectly.
It was an interesting experience with slight changes really effecting comfort of the ride and also being told basics of what position to get myself in while riding, I seem to need to engage my core strength more!
Well it looks like i am going to order one, so i will have to do the London to Brighton next again year on a new bike!