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Old 06-01-18, 08:32 PM
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New cross check owner :)

Hello everyone,


Long time reader, first time poster.

So I bought a Surly Cross-check two months ago, for work commuting (16mi RT). Love it!

Things I have upgraded:
Selle-anatomica saddle (switched from another bike)
Tubus rear rack & panniers
Panaracer Tourguard 700x38
90mm stem (7degree-same as stock)
Odyssey platform pedals ( cheap but I like them)


My question to you, what small affordable (100$ Or less) changes/upgrades would you do off the bat?

I apologize ahead of time if this has been posted before.
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Fenders
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Old 06-02-18, 10:22 AM
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Lights.
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I’d add bluetooth speaker as well
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Forgot to mention. I already have lights and I'm in the desert so it never rains so no need for fenders.

Action is on order
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Forgot to mention. I already have lights and I'm in the desert so it never rains so no need for fenders.

Action is on order
Bottle cages?
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Duh, we all forgot the most important thing - post pictures!
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Nice! I wanted a cross check for about 10 years, and about 500 miles ago I finally bought a Straggler. Atlanta’s broken streets have never felt so smooth.

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Sounds like you're done, really (if you have bottle cages). Ride it!

A frame pump maybe?

Oh, a bell! Definitely a bell.

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Hey there, welcome from another CrossCheck commuter, living in the desert with no fenders, but with selle an-atomica (titanico x) saddle, platform pedals, rack, etc!

Are you me?

Here's my original build (sorry the formatting is messed up), I cobbled it together starting with frame&fork.



That pic is pretty old, it's had red trim for a few years now, and the anatomica saddle, and different tires, different crankset... you know, always evolving!

Thing one, you want some Kool-Stop Salmon brake pads. Those Tektro CR-whatever brakes are apparently pretty good as far as cantilevers go, but no matter how well they're setup, they take a lot of hand-muscle.

Thing two: do you want even wider tires? 700x38 is pretty good, but I've stuffed up to 700x50 marathon supremes in there. Fatties fit fine, indeed.

Thing three: I forget, does CrossCheck still come stock with bar-end shifters? Consider moving those levers up to some Retroshift brake levers (now branded as "Gevenalle")

Finally, you need at least one bada$$ sticker. Here's mine on my stem, it helps me get up hills.:

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But really, as much as I love my CC, my upgrade recommendation for you would be (would have been) to return it and get a Straggler. Because, disc brakes. I built my CC a year or two before the Straggler was released, otherwise I would have been in for disc brakes for sure.
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But really, as much as I love my CC, my upgrade recommendation for you would be (would have been) to return it and get a Straggler. Because, disc brakes. I built my CC a year or two before the Straggler was released, otherwise I would have been in for disc brakes for sure.
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I love my straggler.
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Except that initial Straggler was only available in that sparkle-pony purple. I'm not quite confident enough in my masculinity for a color like that.
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my recollection of starting commuting is, the more I rode to work, the things I needed, became self evident. embrace the failures
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Except that initial Straggler was only available in that sparkle-pony purple. I'm not quite confident enough in my masculinity for a color like that.
Actually I like the purple enough to let it overcome my skepticism of Surly's implementation of disc brakes...
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? Did Surly implement disc brakes differently than everybody else?
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Except that initial Straggler was only available in that sparkle-pony purple. I'm not quite confident enough in my masculinity for a color like that.
oh but the new midnight-blue color is absolutely amazing.
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Hey there, welcome from another CrossCheck commuter, living in the desert with no fenders, but with selle an-atomica (titanico x) saddle, platform pedals, rack, etc!

Are you me?


love the build!
Will be posting pics once I hit 10 posts.

I am actually considering dropping down in the future to possibly 35 or 32 tires. I switch off between my 41 Knards and the 38 Panaguards.
Yeah, my shifters are the bar end ones, but I am back and froth on them. Today I like them, tomorrow tho....who knows. Those Gevenalle's are awesome and look very convenient.
I have to pick up some pads. Like you mentioned stopping is great, but it does need some muscle.
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my recollection of starting commuting is, the more I rode to work, the things I needed, became self evident. embrace the failures
I am starting to notice that. As of now, something that is kind of annoying, but not horrible is charging my lights/batteries. I keep thinking dynohub.
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dynohub is the BEST!!!

Can get a wheel and light for $230, which kind of exceeds your c-note benchmark but it's not too bad for what you get

I put dynamo tail lights onto my kids' bikes as well so I don't need to keep reminding them to turn their tail lights on before heading to school (and off when they get there, and on again when they leave...)
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dynohub is the BEST!!!

Can get a wheel and light for $230, which kind of exceeds your c-note benchmark but it's not too bad for what you get

I put dynamo tail lights onto my kids' bikes as well so I don't need to keep reminding them to turn their tail lights on before heading to school (and off when they get there, and on again when they leave...)
Interesting. How bright is 30lux?

I'm a led flashlight man. I fix a cheap cree light onto my bars with interlocked hose clamps (see pic above). It takes one 18650 battery, and it is strong enough that I can confidently ride in total darkness. The zoomable head lets me put all the photons on the ground with a width I like. In the winter if I run it on medium (which is enough) I will get typically 4-5 days out of one charge. Blinking lasts longer. I have two batteries so always a full backup. The light was dirt cheap, it claimed 2000 lumen, and I'm sure it's not really that much, but comparing to pics online I bet it's well over 1000. The batteries that came with it were crap, I bought a pair of decent batteries for I think $15 (i.e. about what I paid for the light) from a U.S. battery-specialist website.

My taillight is a usb-chargeable cygolite hotshot. I run it blinking every ride. Daily roundtrip is maybe 70min or so. It needs recharging so infrequently I'm not even sure how long a charge lasts. I'm pretty sure it's a month or two.
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As of now, something that is kind of annoying, but not horrible is charging my lights/batteries. I keep thinking dynohub.
solve/address ea. issue as it pops up ...

for this one, I kept a charger at work & one at home (for my AAA taillights). I think I was using eneloop batteries which are better, but I don't remember for sure. my headlight had a big honkin' battery so that was OK for the round trip

but yeah, ppl w dynohubs, swear by them
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Yes dynohubbers can get like religious zealots, unwilling to allow anybody else to prefer battery lights.

Not sure which extremists are crazier, the dynohubbers or the chain-waxers.

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