This is my bike. There are many like it…
but this one is mine. I built it, I got all the parts and put it all together (Minus the rear wheel, Chris Ames from Freewheel built the shit out of it for me.) myself.
I went with the Surly Cross Check because I wanted a super duper work horse bike. Something to commute on, something I could possibly tour with, something that wouldn’t jar all my bones loose if I ever took it on a rough surface, something I could go for speed on if I wished. This sucker does all these things.
All though with the new Hospital Foam Green I kind of have buyers remorse on the frame color but oh well.
So the rear wheel is a DT Swiss 350 hub and TK540 rim. Super beefy. I actually managed to knock the thing out of true last week but it was a fairly extreme situation that I should have stayed away from, honestly I am impressed it is still in one piece.
The whole drive train is the SRAM Rival cyclocross kit in a box. So Rival all around and Avid Shortys, nothing is bad and I really enjoy the action on the SRAM levers compared to the way Shimano shifts. Neither is better than the other, it comes down to preference, really.
This bike is super fun to ride. I commute on it constantly, it handles city streets just fine. I can take this sucker down to the river bottoms and it can handle most of that stuff, but not all. I did a tour on this thing too, 40 lbs loaded on the back and rode from Kingsfield area to Afton State Park. Even with all the weight plus me, this thing handled like a dream and still climbed hills no problem. I like the ergo drop bars on this thing too. When I strip the rack and fenders I can use this bike as a road machine and crank out some quick miles. I love it.
Front wheel is a Mavic A719 or something like that laced to a Shimano Deore XT hub, also super duper beefy. I had bought that wheel for my previous bike when I cracked the front rim on that one, so I decided to keep using it. Other stuff I like is the Brooks saddle, I always thought the Brooks saddle excitement was a bunch of hype from all the hipsters out there until I read the blogs of a lot of people that do extended touring and praise their Brooks saddle. So I tried one, holy shit.
So that is my bike.
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