So my commute is getting a lot longer next summer. It will be about 17 miles each way (with some killer hills mixed in) so I figured it's as good an excuse as any to build up a sweet new bike. I'm thinking some type of cyclocross-ish bike with rack eyelets will be a good bet since I can load it up and use wider tires and fenders if I want, so lately I've been looking at the Surly cross check. Any other bikes out there that are similar that you guys can point out, or is this my best bet for what I'm looking for?
I'd prefer it to be a frame set, so I can build it up with my dream parts. Sorry if there are a lot of posts like this, but the search is down again and I'm slightly bored here at work. Thanks!