I'm looking for input on my Cross Check build. I'm hoping to come out with a do-it all bike. So here's what I got so far:
54 cm Surly Cross Check frame & fork
DA bar end friction shifters
105 f/r derailuers
Cane Creek SCR 5 brake levers
Shimano BR-R550 cantilevers
FSA Compact crank (for now, just because I have it)
Nitto Randonneur bars in 45cm
Thomson Elite stem
Cane Creek S3 headset
Selle Flite Gel seat (will be a Brooks B-17 soon enough)
2 sets of wheels Velomax Orions w/ 11-23 for road use and Shimano R550s with 11-3? for off road use/touring
I really don't know what cassette to use for the Shimanos. I was thinking a mountain cassette, but I'd like advice. I won't be doing any loaded touring, but brevets, commuting, training (on and off road). The Shimanos will probably get 32c cross type tires. I'd like to make the bike as versatile as possible.
I'm also interested in suggestions for fenders and a rear rack.
Any other blaring problems, please point them out.