All right, here's the deal. I am a die hard MTBer who finds himself strangely attracted to the road lately. I guess part of it is that, unlike the trail the road starts right outside my front door. I have been jonesin to build something up to ride on the road, but the family CFO has been frowning on the idea and I have yet to win the stamp of approval, especially since I just finished building my new MTB in Feb. I've been looking at the Surly Crosscheck for a couple of reasons, but I'm not really sure if what I want to do makes sense. The pros as I see them for the Surly are these: 1. Steel frame 2. 132.5mm between the rear dropouts means I can use a MTB or road hub 3. Braze-ons for racks and fenders 4. Plenty of clearance for a good sized tire 5. Price for a new frame is around $400.00 The only con that I can think of in terms of the frame itself is the weight, I think it's around 7 pounds. If I build it up with fairly light wheels and reasonable components I think the frame weight would be a non-issue, but what do you guys think? The other thing is that I was looking at a new Bianchi in a shop yesterday that was retailing for around $1250.00, and while it doesn't have braze-ons the rest of the bike is very nice. I would have a hard time building the Surly up for any less than that. So, what would you do?