The Surly Lives On
Just want to start off saying that this is my first real post. I've been a lurker for a while, and I visit this forum often, so I figured this is the appropriate place to post...And I'm a cylde myself
Last May I was involved in a little accident when a motorcyclist ran over my Surly Crosscheck. I woke up in the back of an ambulance, and had no clue how I got there. Luckily, I only suffered a concussion with no long lasting injuries. However, the frame was toast and my desire to ride on the road was gone.
When I fully recovered I decided the woods would be a better place to ride, and living in western PA, we have a lot of great trails to ride. I purchased a Caad 4 mountain bike off craigslist that was built up pretty nicely.
There are plenty of great areas to explore around here. This is one spot we came across.
Anyways, I wanted to at least get the Surly back into riding condition even if I wasnít sure about riding on the road again. A lot of the parts on it were salvageable and I only need to find a couple things. Last February, we were at the Stop Swap and Save event in Baltimore. I found a Trek road frame for a great price. However, the headset was an 1" and the Surly was 1 1/8". I decided to try the Nashbar carbon fork and Ritchey headset. So far it has been great and looks good too. I also had an Ultegra crank that I found at the Sea Otter Classic laying around with a 105 bottom bracket. To top it off, I set it up with a Brooks B17 saddle that we had in the warehouse. Iím real interested in seeing how this seat feels after it breaks in. Iíve heard a lot of good things about it. The only issue with it is there is a little wobble in the rear wheel from the motorcycle, but itís really not all that bad.
So, I have to admit Iím really excited to see it operational again. It was a long time coming. Iím going to test it out downtown this weekend.