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Old 02-25-09, 01:44 PM   #1
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Pics of Cross-Check after changes.

I won't get into details....and I'm NOT going to fight it. My employer is fine with me bicycle commuting, however they will NOT let me roll the bike past the gate house to my building. (I work in a chemical plant) This means I won't be "occasional commuting" as I had planned. End of story, no more discussion necessary.

Sooo....I made a few changes to the bike since it's not going to be a pack mule. It's a lot less commuter and a lot more townie....Whatcha think? I like the no-sticker thing.... Kinda 007 sneaky looking.

Oh....it's a 2008 Cross Check 60cm. Also, it's crazy fast compared to the old setup. And light!

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Man, that is great looking! Thanks for sharing it.
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Did you butcher the saddle?
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I won't get into details....and I'm NOT going to fight it. My employer is fine with me bicycle commuting, however they will NOT let me roll the bike past the gate house to my building. (I work in a chemical plant) This means I won't be "occasional commuting" as I had planned. End of story, no more discussion necessary.

Sooo....I made a few changes to the bike since it's not going to be a pack mule. It's a lot less commuter and a lot more townie....Whatcha think? I like the no-sticker thing.... Kinda 007 sneaky looking.

Oh....it's a 2008 Cross Check 60cm. Also, it's crazy fast compared to the old setup. And light!

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Looks good! However, if it were me I would have left it the way it was. A townie is far more useful with a rack and panniers.
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Old 02-25-09, 03:24 PM   #5
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Did you butcher the saddle?
Yes, I performed surgery on the B17. I have no complaints about the feel and I like the looks a whole lot better. In fact, I feel more free when I pedal after the "surgery."

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What kind of shifters are on that bike. I can't tell from the pics?

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Old 02-25-09, 03:36 PM   #7
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A townie is far more useful with a rack and panniers.
You are correct...and I'll probably slap it all back on eventually. TBO, I'm just wanted to try something a little different. It's been too cold, wet and snowy for me to ride (I'm fairweather)....so it's been bike playtime for me
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What kind of shifters are on that bike. I can't tell from the pics?

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Looks great! I'd like to see some close ups of that cut down B-17; looks like you did an awesome job with it.


Not to pry about the job, but you say they won't let you take the bike past the gate house. I assume that's the security gate at the entrance to the property? If so, what's the difference (according to the employer) between driving a car to a parking spot, and riding your bike to a parking spot?
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Not to pry about the job, but you say they won't let you take the bike past the gate house. I assume that's the security gate at the entrance to the property? If so, what's the difference (according to the employer) between driving a car to a parking spot, and riding your bike to a parking spot?
The place I work is rather huge....packed-full of people and rules to govern the people. They don't.....err, WON'T spend much time dealing with my piddly-arse request to break old bicycle rules. It's futile to resist...that's what I've learned in the 12 years I've been there.

The gate house sits between the parking lot and the production area. I *could* park the bike there, but I'm one of those people who will not lock-up the bike and walk away from it. Not to mention, it's way out of my way to leave the bike at the main gate as I work 1/2 mile away from there and I'd have to hoof forever after a 15 mile ride to the plant.

Here's a pic of my plant....it's roughly a mile long and has a couple thousand employees.

http://pubs.acs.org/cen/images/8250/8250notw9apfoa.jpg
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If so, what's the difference (according to the employer) between driving a car to a parking spot, and riding your bike to a parking spot?
He said its a chemical plant. Usually no employee cars are allowed in.

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Old 02-25-09, 04:20 PM   #12
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What kind of shifters are on that bike. I can't tell from the pics?

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what are those plastic taps in the back of the seat for?
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If you're gonna rock those tires and grips, you should cut the bar and get rid of all the gears.
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what are those plastic taps in the back of the seat for?
Standard issue for brooks saddles. They are metal, not plastic and they are for hanging your saddlebag.
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That's a great looking chop job on the Brooks! You don't find it's affecting the ride any, do you? (I'm a big ol' Sasquatch, and I need the skirts laced to keep from flexing a Brooks saddle too much.)
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Here's a pic of my plant....it's roughly a mile long and has a couple thousand employees.
Looks like DuPont across from Marietta, OH? (I went to Ohio U., so Marietta wasn't too far a drive for the weekend.)
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Shimano. And here's the seat shots for the person who asked. Sorry for the crazy depth of field.....I didn't bother to change the camera settings. Duh!

Don't apologize, those are some of the best looking bike porn I've seen in a while. How do you take such fantastic photos?
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I would kayak to work a couple times a month I saw the picture and it reminded me of that.
That was the best commute o the good ol days.
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it's a beauty! No stickers and the blue accents = very sharp. Drop bars with blue tape would be my pref, but hey, It's not my bike;-)
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Old 02-26-09, 09:06 AM   #21
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If you're gonna rock those tires and grips, you should cut the bar and get rid of all the gears.
LOL....I hear ya!
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Looks good. Gotta luv the crosscheck.
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That's a great looking chop job on the Brooks! You don't find it's affecting the ride any, do you?
I go about 210 and have been satisfied with the seat after the chop job. I left two flaps of leather on the sides that are folded under and connected via zip ties. This helps overcome the loss of structural integrity post-butchering.

I gave the tension nut a few turns (first time since new) as the butchering did decrease tension. I had slathered a bunch of cream on the seat before the project, so that may have an effect as well.

Bottom line.....I like the seat better now. I can pedal faster w/o the typical B17 skirt rub feeling.
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Yep, that's DuPont.
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Don't apologize, those are some of the best looking bike porn I've seen in a while. How do you take such fantastic photos?
I a bit of a camera weenie...it's a hobby that hangs around. The pics are all unplanned quickies, but I was using good glass which helps make the photo better w/o ever trying.
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