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Old 04-16-06, 10:03 AM   #1
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Making the switch (SS to Geared/touring)

Ok, I've dont a quick search of the forum, but am more interested in asking the question directly.. Here's the bike i'm talking about, my Surly Crosscheck:


I've currently got it built up as a SS with some fairly beefy components - Paul Hubs and RaceFace cranks. I'm looking to convert the Crosscheck into more of a medium weight touring bike this spring, and put signifigantly more miles on it this summer/fall (maybe British Columbia to San Fran).

So here's the question. I've got a strong background in MTB and track components, but lack knowlege in touring/geared road bike. What should I be looking for as far as parts? I can find gear used (eBay, LBS), so if there's good components I should keep an eye out for, what are they? I'd be looking for crankset, front and rear deraileurs, probably bar-end shifters, and a new rear wheel (maybe front wheel too).

What should I be looking for? Thanks!
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Since you know mtb components, you can't go wrong setting it up with standard mountain drivetrain. Your cockpit will use road components should you decide to keep your drop bars.
Racks are always adaptable, even if you don't have eyelets.
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I've got a full SRAM 9.0 set up (hubs, front&rear der, white RaceFace Cranks) that I could scavenge off my Salsa. Other than friction bar-ends, is there a decent shifter (STI-style shifting levers) that would be compatable with SRAM 9.0 components? Or should I keep an eye out for a used 8speed Ultegra or Dura Ace group?
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