So I am joining the ranks of commuters and building a Cross Check for an on/off road commute, a 40 mile commute about 3 times per week.
Having only been a road and mtb rider for the last 12 years, I've done some research on this, but there is so much to learn.
I wanted to use this thread to document my build w/ pics, ask questions, and ultimately make good decisions in the building process.
I have decided I would like a blacked out Cross Check and need some tips. 1st step, order the frame. I am doing that this afternoon and will immediately have it sent to the paint shop and painted matte black. Then as the LBS suggested, I will put gloss black decals on the bike.
I have a wheel set and will be ordering a black Brooks saddle. I've also ordered lights for the front and back. However, I'm stuck on the group. I'm thinking that an Ultegra SL group (like a gray color) would be a good overall look, but is that realistic for a commuter?
What group have you used for your cross check, and how has it worked out for you? Also, I will post some pics of the frame when I receive it next week before and after the powder coat.
Edit: It is 2/26/2011, and the bike is finally done. Final pics on page 5.