Seriously considering pulling the trigger on one of these, but I'll have no opportunity to test ride, will have to order it sight unseen which I've never done with a bike--no shops near me have one (the closest thing is the regular geared Cross-Check with drop bars at one shop, and the size is way off for me). Planning on running it stock the way you see it here: Cross-Check SS | Bikes | Surly Bikes
I have a rigid ss 29r MTB which is currently my only bike, and I ride fairly demanding trails several times a week, but I want something else for around-town and general random exploring. Will be largely used on pavement but I want to be able to hit gravel, etc. as well.
Anybody ride one of these and care to share their 2 cents about it? I'm in my 50's and trying to only buy bikes that are real "keepers" at this point--steel bikes that are versatile, durable--something I'll still be riding for years to come.