Hammerin' the newbie wannabes......
SingleSpeedDemon got me started on this one.... I didn't want to hyjack the other thread.
How many of you have had a young "thinks he's hot" newbie on his brand new "Racing bike" and see a old fat guy (you) turn around and try to hammer past you to show you how fast he is? :mad: I get this once or twice a month.... I must look like an easy target or somethin'. But I just love to grab their wheel as they blow buy and then re-pass 'em on a hill..... makes my whole day complete.
I know.... I'm too competative....that's what Wifey tells me.... but I can't help myself. :D
What's so special about Surly Crosscheck?
I've been reading a LOT on the web about Surlys. Yes, they are welded in Taiwan from Cro-Moly steel; yes, they are heavier than the Ti frames. BUT the Surly owners of Long Haul Trucker bikes (the touring model) and of the Crosscheck (the cyclocross model) seem to have an unusual loyalty to their machines. The Surly models have hit the market segment as a relatively inexpensive, high-quality steel frame with sufficient attention to detail & ability to put almost any configuration of gears, brakes, etc. on them. The Crosscheck is their only complete bike sold. Corresponded with a rider up in Lubbock who uses his for road riding and is totally satisfied with it. I am not a cyclocross racer and unlikely to ever attempt so. But I do like the concept of a bike frame strong enough to withstand the truly horrible clay soil disruptions of pavement we have here in the Brazos Valley. And the flexibility of being able to build the bike at my LBS (they are actually excited about my getting one!) and then upgrade components as money comes available. My wife & I are saving and will give ourselves new bikes for Christmas - I think mine will be a Surly Crosscheck frame and then built out with the components I select.
Besides, the Surly website appeals to me: do a search on the Cyclocross forum & you'll find a LOT of discussion about them (pro & con). Do a search on the Touring forum & you'll find the loyal LHT website references.