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    My GF's Surly Cross Check commuter bike...



    My GF has become a daily bike commuter [10kms round trip] so for Christmas I decided to take as many parts from her lightly used city bike [too slow to commute on] and build her up something a bit more efficient, but still stylie...

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    Wow, that's a nice looking bike. Good job with it. Is it an 8 spd in the back? I came across a Cross Check frame today on the cheap I'm thinking about doing up for my wife. How does she like the IGH? Is that a grip shift on the bar end?

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    Nice! Did she like it?

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    What has happened to the rear dropout ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by crdean1 View Post
    Wow, that's a nice looking bike. Good job with it. Is it an 8 spd in the back? I came across a Cross Check frame today on the cheap I'm thinking about doing up for my wife. How does she like the IGH? Is that a grip shift on the bar end?
    The Nexus 8 & twist shifter came from her city bike. She likes it a lot as the shifts are foolproof and linear. The drivetrain needs next to no maintenance and adjusting the shifting is as simple as twisting a barrel adjuster until two yellow marks line up.

    The twist shifter is mounted to the bar end with a Hubbub adapter. JTek makes a sweet "normal" bar end shifter which we may end up with, but I want to be certain she's good with the drop bars first.
    Last edited by vik; 02-28-11 at 12:06 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by no motor? View Post
    Nice! Did she like it?
    She loves how it looks. This is her first drop bar bike so that feels weird to her. I'm going to give it a month or two. If she isn't 100% happy by then I'll swap in a riser/flat bar of some sort.

    Quote Originally Posted by plodderslusk View Post
    What has happened to the rear dropout ?
    Sorry I don't understand the question.
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    Wow, that's nice. I like the color.

    Good call on the IGH - I'm sold they are the way to go in anything other than desert-type climates (I still choose to use IGH in my quasi-desert climate).

    FWIW - I am a huge fan of the J-tek bar end shifter. It is extremely well made and a pleasure to operate (I've never used another shifter with such a satisfying feel). http://jtekengineering.com/jtek_bar-end_shifter.htm The pics make it look cheesier than it is. The whole thing is milled/CNC'd. Very solid.
    The downside is that it does not have a built-in cable adjuster, but on that bike it would be easy enough to use the downtube braze-ons with a conventional threaded barrel adjuster.
    Finally, you should be able to route the cable through the rear derailleur cable stop - much cleaner than the zip tie.

    Great looking bike!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by canyoneagle View Post
    Wow, that's nice. I like the color.

    Good call on the IGH - I'm sold they are the way to go in anything other than desert-type climates (I still choose to use IGH in my quasi-desert climate).

    FWIW - I am a huge fan of the J-tek bar end shifter. It is extremely well made and a pleasure to operate (I've never used another shifter with such a satisfying feel). http://jtekengineering.com/jtek_bar-end_shifter.htm The pics make it look cheesier than it is. The whole thing is milled/CNC'd. Very solid.
    The downside is that it does not have a built-in cable adjuster, but on that bike it would be easy enough to use the downtube braze-ons with a conventional threaded barrel adjuster.
    Finally, you should be able to route the cable through the rear derailleur cable stop - much cleaner than the zip tie.

    Great looking bike!!!!!
    I own a JTek on another bike and they are great.

    You can't use the rear derailleur cable stop since the end of the Nexus 8 hub's shifting mechanism is only 2" away from the derailleur stop and you have to move the hub back and forth to set the chain tension so that distance changes.
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    Much nicer than my CC.

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    That's a great looking bike! Am thinking of doing a CC build with a single/fixed hub, 42mm tires and fenders. Am dithering between an all-black build and the robin's-egg with chrome components. Really dig the hammered fenders (Honjos? V-Os?) with that color frame.

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    Well done Vik!
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    Quote Originally Posted by vik View Post
    I own a JTek on another bike and they are great.

    You can't use the rear derailleur cable stop since the end of the Nexus 8 hub's shifting mechanism is only 2" away from the derailleur stop and you have to move the hub back and forth to set the chain tension so that distance changes.
    Oh yeah - you are totally right. I was thinking Sturmey, not Alfine/Nexus.
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    Sexy bike. How's the girl looking? =P

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    Quote Originally Posted by vik View Post


    My GF has become a daily bike commuter [10kms round trip] so for Christmas I decided to take as many parts from her lightly used city bike [too slow to commute on] and build her up something a bit more efficient, but still stylie...

    http://www.bowcycle.com/bikes/blogs/...y-cross-check/

    I'm guessing that with the IGH it should be called a Surly Cross8? What size frame is that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirrus Rider View Post
    I'm guessing that with the IGH it should be called a Surly Cross8? What size frame is that?
    That's a 54cm frame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vik View Post
    That's a 54cm frame.
    It looks much smaller like a 47.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirrus Rider View Post
    It looks much smaller like a 47.
    Robin's Egg Blue is just so sliming...
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    Quote Originally Posted by vik View Post
    Robin's Egg Blue is just so sliming...
    I know!.. When I saw the Pic of your girls rig I had a weak moment and started to try to figure out what my size would be. I was thinking of making a Sirrus tribute bike out of one.. Peel off all the Surly Stickers (Well, maybe I'd keep the FFF sticker. Then apply the sticker scheme from an '88 Sirrus)

    I was confused due to the spacing of the top tube, down tube, and head tube meet with a similar gap to my '88 Sirrus which is a 47cm.
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    The rear dropout looks kind of pinched, I think thats what the other poster was talking about. Great looking bike.
    "harder" is not a very good safeword.

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    Quote Originally Posted by busted knuckles View Post
    The rear dropout looks kind of pinched, I think thats what the other poster was talking about. Great looking bike.
    That's probably the alignment washer to keep the hub from rotating

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    Quote Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg View Post
    That's probably the alignment washer to keep the hub from rotating
    +1 - the dropout is fine or I wouldn't be able to get the wheel in and out. It's a bit of a PITA anyways since you have to deflate the tire to slide the wheel forward enough against the rear fender so it can be free, but I doubt we'll be taking it out often and only when the tire is flat anyways. The clean chainline and fenders are worth that hassle.
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    I REALLY like the blue. Super nice looking ride for sure.

    I opted for the black with my 2011 CC build, but there are times I wished I would have gone with the blue....although I recently ended up with a new Pake C'Mute frame. The geo is a bit more relaxed on the Pake, so I may end up switching my comuter from a CC to the C'Mute....

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    It looks really nice. If I gear mine I am 90% likely to go the IGH route. This weeks slush-fest is another argument against derailers in the winter for me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by vik View Post


    My GF has become a daily bike commuter [10kms round trip] so for Christmas I decided to take as many parts from her lightly used city bike [too slow to commute on] and build her up something a bit more efficient, but still stylie...

    http://www.bowcycle.com/bikes/blogs/...y-cross-check/
    Does your girlfriend have small hands??? If so, how is she liking those V-brake specific drop bar brake levers? I hear that they are not small hand friendly.

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    Looks great! I'm getting a Robin's Egg Blue CC frame in in the next week or so to build for my wife. She fell in love with the color.

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