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    Got to hand it to old George, he had fast reflexes though. I remember when that happened I was laughing so hard I almost pee'd my pants! I was thinking also, what else might they throw? socks? ties? pens?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RubeRad View Post
    I'm late to the thread here, but I would have recommended the Cross-Check as well. I think you'll acclimatize to bar-ends before you know it, but meanwhile you can save up $129 for a pair of Retroshift CX2, then you could move your bar-ends up to the hoods and be super-cool and unique. Or, you might consider spending a couple more dollars on some V-brakes (or find a co-op and trade your cantis for V-brakes?) and getting CX2v.

    Here's my review of Retroshifts (on my CrossCheck)
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    This morning was my first commute on the CC. I was waiting for some of the snow and salt to be cleared before taking 'er out. Very smooth ride. The bar-ends weren't a problem at all. In fact, I didn't really even think about them, I just "did". So far, very happy with the purchase and the decision to go with the CC.

    I think I'm going to stick with the bar-ends. If something borks on them, it's a $50 part as opposed to a $150+ part (brifter). They're simpler and require less maintenance, and for some reason if the indexing borks, there's friction which is hard to bust.

    The only thing that's weird and taking some time to get used to are the canti's. They stick out very far to the sides, it's almost hilarious. I was locking up my bike this morning and the bike rack was hitting up against the front side. Not a big deal, just something to get used to. Stopping power is better than the V-brakes on my Specialized. But they're older and very dirty. But honestly, I don't like V-brakes. Too much work and maintenance. I rather like the simplicity of the canti's even if they do stick out on the sides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rekmeyata View Post
    How readily available is replacement parts if you're out in the boonies and something happens so you go to some hole in the wall bike shop to get it fixed? It would probably have to be overnighted in. I think the Retroshift idea is interesting and a great idea, and could obviously benefit someone, I personally would not consider it, Don't get me wrong, I'm glad you brought it up because like I said it's a great idea and something for someone to think about.
    Well you're probably right, there are probably very few LBS across the country that stock Retroshift. But the lever itself is merely a rebranded Tektro somethings (RL220?) (but retroshift swaps in beefier bushings for lateral stability), so there's a good chance a shop might have a pair of those in stock that you could buy and swap parts in. The shifter boss is standard, so pretty much any (Shimano/Suntour/Riv Silver/Dia Compe...) shifter can be swapped in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clrux View Post
    I think I'm going to stick with the bar-ends. If something borks on them, it's a $50 part as opposed to a $150+ part (brifter). They're simpler and require less maintenance, and for some reason if the indexing borks, there's friction which is hard to bust.
    I dont' want to be a nag, but I'll just note again that with Retroshifts, you would be using your same existing bar-end shifters, just moved up to bosses on the front of the brake levers, so replacing them would be the $50 part, not a $150 brifter. And Retroshift has a no-questions-asked $24 repair/replace policy for the brake lever itself. These are designed for cyclocross, so they're expecting people to crash into trees, rocks, barriers, each other, etc.

    The only thing that's weird and taking some time to get used to are the canti's. They stick out very far to the sides, it's almost hilarious. I was locking up my bike this morning and the bike rack was hitting up against the front side. Not a big deal, just something to get used to. Stopping power is better than the V-brakes on my Specialized. But they're older and very dirty. But honestly, I don't like V-brakes. Too much work and maintenance. I rather like the simplicity of the canti's even if they do stick out on the sides.
    I'm glad the cantis are working out well for you! The bike assembler must have done a good job setting up the yoke height etc. Your frame size is a lot smaller than mine (I have a 60cm, your top/down tubes are touching, so I would guess maybe 52cm?), so you have a shorter length of exposed brake cable, but if you fork shudder from the front brake, look into a fork-mounted brake cable hanger, instead of the standard headset-mounted one. I recently swapped and it made a world of difference. (But I had to drill the hole in the fork a hair larger)

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    Quote Originally Posted by clrux View Post
    I purchased a 2013 Surly Cross-Check in black this afternoon after considerable research and thought. I think it's the best bike on paper, and so far (after three rides) it will make a great bike off paper. Thanks to all who contributed knowledge. Looking forward to riding it.
    Now that you've had this bike for 6 months, and I assume you've been riding it a lot, what are your thoughts now about the bike? Any changes you feel like making to it?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NF4MIEkIBZs

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