So I wasn't going to post the obligatory picture thread until I had some better glamour shots. But I'm just back from my first shakedown ride, and I have to share! So, while I hope to upgrade to some sunny-day pictures with a real camera, for now you'll have to live with overcast cell phone pics.
Some of you may remember this thread where I was looking for feedback on look and feel for steel framed bikes.
I ended up going to a LBS and working with the GM there to do a semi-custom frame up Cross Check build.
There are cheaper ways to build a Surly Cross Check, but this is how I did it:
- Surly Cross Check Frame/Fork (Dark Dirty Blue)
- Shimano 105 5700 Compact Double Crankset 175mm Silver
- Shimano 105 5700 English Bottom Bracket 2-piece
- 105 5701-GS Mid-Cage Silver Rear Derailleur
- 105 5700 Double Front Derailleur 31.8/28.6mm, Silver
- Shimano 105 3 x 10 speed STI Lever Set Silver
- Shimano Tiagra 10 speed Cassette
- Shimano 105 5701 10 speed Chain
- Tektro CR720 Cantilever Brakes Polish Silver
- Problem Solvers Clamp on Cable Hanger with Noodle, 28.6mm, Silver
- Tektro Rear Cable Hanger with Ferrule, Fits 8mm Bolt
- Handspun Handbuilt Peloton Series 1 Wheelset (32 front, 36 rear) / Ultegra 6700 / Mavic Open Pro / DT Competition All Silver
- Ritchey Logic Pro 1-1/8" Threadless Black
- Velo Orange Long Setback Seatpost 27.2 x 300mm
- Salsa Cowbell 3 Handlebar 31.8 44cm
- Cinelli Cork Tape Black
- Dimension Threadless Stem: 100mm; 83/97 Degree; 31.8; Silver
- Continental Gatorskin Tires 700x32 Tire Black Steel
- Q-Tubes 700c x 28-32mm 32mm Presta Valve Tube
- Tektro RL721 Cross Levers for 31.8mm OD Bar Black
- ENVE Rim Strips 700c
- Shimano M540 Pedals, Silver
- Specailized Body Geometry Seat (one of my spares)
Picked her up today, and I'm VERY happy with the results. The bike is less flashy than I expected (that's okay), but she rides great. When I visited the bike on Weds to drop off the seat and pedals, I wasn't sold on the dark dirty blue color. But now that everything's installed, I like it a lot better. I think all the silver will look great on a sunnier day. She's also a lot lighter than I expected.
I took her out for a ~4mi ride around the block that included a good mix of roads -- loose chip n' seal, compacted chip n' seal, smooth/fresh pavement, and a moderate hill or two. My complaints about the fit on the Bianchi were taken care of (LBS General Manager nailed the fit). The 32mm Gatorskins are fabulous on chip and seal, better than I expected and really fun to go bombing down hills and feel secure. I don't have the computer installed yet, but I'll say I feel slower on smooth/flat pavement (an area where the Bianchi shines). The compact/double crank will take a little getting used to, but my shifting problems were with the driver not with the bike.
And finally, here are your pictures.... (more to follow).