So i commuted all last year on my old 1987 Trek Antelope 830. She's a dandy ride and i'm keeping her in the stable but i told myself at the start of it all that if i managed to put 1,000 miles on the odometer i'd get myself something a little faster and easier on those hills.
So i made 1050. Not bad for Oregon. So i went down to the lbs and got a nice discount on an 08 model surly cross check. Had them throw on some fenders and some schwalbe marathon plus (700 x 28) in lieu of the cyclocross tires it came with.
Got my racks, bags, lights etc transferred over to the cross check.
Haven't ridden it to work yet because i've had jury duty and now i'm on my weekend but on a couple short rides i've taken it hasn't been too comfortable. I'm 6'5 so i got the 62cm and the height seems perfect but the top tube seems really long and the neck pokes out quite a ways to boot. Plus going from the flat bars on the Antelope to drop bars with no mtb style brakes is pretty uncomfortable.
I'm really hoping a brooks b17 and some time for my body to adjust corrects things. The bike is smooth and relatively light (compared to the old trek) and i love the stock shifters so i'm really hoping it works out.
Anyone else experience this when switching styles?
Also, question about tire pressure. It says inflate to 60 - 100psi. Is there an optimum wrt avoiding flats? I had quite a few on the Trek with 34cm bontragers. Added a liner and it helped a little but not much.