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Old 11-01-09, 10:37 PM
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Bought a Surly Cross Check.

It's the first new bike of my adult life. The Specialized Tricross was nice, but I was worried I was going to break it. When I test road the cross-check (the personal bike of an LBS clerk who was my height and lived close by) I fell in love.

Now I have to wait seven to ten business days for it to arrive/be built. I'm pretty sure I'm going to lose my mind in the interval. Big thanks to the input I got when I asked for shopping advice, and I'll post pictures when it finally arrives.
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>The Specialized Tricross was nice, but I was worried I was going to break it.

Heh. Speaking from experience: not. going. to. happen.

(Well, unless you hit a car. )

But I'm sure you'll be happy with the Crosscheck - everyone seems to love them.
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Old 11-02-09, 12:42 AM
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Good luck. Just rolled over a year with mine and couldn't be happier. The hardest part is deciding what form I want it to take next .
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Old 11-02-09, 12:55 AM
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I got a Cross Check this year, used, from a friend. I built it up as a very lightweight road bike. Very nice, especially in handling. Very predictable. I'm thinking of converting it to a commuter bike. I might put on straight bars, fenders, and probably heavier and wider wheels.
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
I got a Cross Check this year, used, from a friend. I built it up as a very lightweight road bike. Very nice, especially in handling. Very predictable. I'm thinking of converting it to a commuter bike. I might put on straight bars, fenders, and probably heavier and wider wheels.
I've ridden one nice bike.

Noglider why the straight bars? Unless you have a short commute, drops are a million times more comfortable than a straight handlebar.
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Old 11-02-09, 01:26 AM
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Originally Posted by stevage View Post
Heh. Speaking from experience: not. going. to. happen.
(Well, unless you hit a car. )
I don't doubt it's a very fine bike, but I spent a long time as a very big guy (instead of the regular big guy I am now) so there's a certain lingering psychological echo of something that light being prone to explode after I touch it for too long.
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Old 11-02-09, 01:37 AM
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My commute bikes are a Fuji Tourer and my Cross Check.. I use my Fuji for heavier- long distance, riding, because I upgraded the rims and spokes for extra weight. No reason that upgrade could not be done to my Cross Check.
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Old 11-02-09, 01:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Jonahhobbes View Post
Noglider why the straight bars? Unless you have a short commute, drops are a million times more comfortable than a straight handlebar.
I've ridden on drop bars for 34 years. I'm getting old and prefer straight bars, especially in moderate to heavy traffic. So comfortable is a personal thing, and everyone is different.

I like drop bars for very or fast rides.

I'm also trying to find the source and solution to a back problem I'm having, so I am doing lots of experiments with position on the bike.
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
I've ridden on drop bars for 34 years. I'm getting old and prefer straight bars, especially in moderate to heavy traffic. So comfortable is a personal thing, and everyone is different.

I like drop bars for very or fast rides.

I'm also trying to find the source and solution to a back problem I'm having, so I am doing lots of experiments with position on the bike.
I have a Felt x city with the Albert bars, and just bought a used Trek 7.3 FX, with bars that are almost straight - there is a little backsweep. The Albert bars have a significant backsweep, and are infinitely more comfortable, at least to me, even on short rides.

Not trying to talk you out of straight bars by any means, the choice is yours, but have you thought about trekking bars? I only ask because I'm thinking of trying them myself. I think I may eventually put them on the Trek.

Oh, and sorry OP for the thread mini-hijack.

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Old 11-02-09, 03:10 AM
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Congrats on becoming the proud owner of the 2nd best bike in the universe (2nd only to the Surly LHT, of course)
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Old 11-02-09, 08:42 AM
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Congrads on your new wheels!

I've been looking for my first build project and I'll probably do a Cross Checks also; that's if I can convince my wife that I need it before I can sell my Hard Rock. Commuting on my Tarmac is fun but I can't pack anything on the bike without it changing the feel of the ride, that's why I'll probably build a Cross Check and outfit it with some pannier bags.
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Originally Posted by QuickityJacks View Post
Now I have to wait seven to ten business days for it to arrive/be built. I'm pretty sure I'm going to lose my mind in the interval.
Just try to come down with the flu. It won't make the time pass any quicker, but you won't be thinking about riding your bike anywhere...
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Congratulations! Great bike. It'll be perfect for the Tour de Palm Springs in February. Do the century - the Cross Check can handle it!
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Already training for it! (The Tour de Palm Springs). In addition to long Saturday rides, I've started using some free time on Wednesday afternoons climbing 74. I can't wait to do both on a bike designed for something other than bouncing over rocks.
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Originally Posted by Cyclaholic View Post
Congrats on becoming the proud owner of the 2nd best bike in the universe (2nd only to the Surly LHT, of course)
I own both in one bike. I have a Cross check with Lht forks because I wanted to mount a nice rack upfront. Enjoy your bike.
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Love my CC! Got it beginning of September, did a metric century in total comfort 12 days later and I've been riding like a crazy person since. Gotta get some fatter tires for winter, but I'm definitely in love.
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Thats funny, I just ordered one too. Shop says i should be here thursday. The off to my house to be built up. Can't wait..
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I love my cross check. Everything about it. Good choice.
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I have a CrossCheck as well. Bought it used about 4 years ago......it's a dark blue with a 1" headset, a '99 I believe. Practically a C&V already. I have it set up as a SS with a flat bar.....i ran it with bullhorns for a couple years but they were a little awkward offroad so I switched. Great bike with lots of options........hope you enjoy it!
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Counting down the days till Christmas in November. In seven to ten days we want to see pics of the new ride. Good for you bud, any Surley is a great bike.
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Originally Posted by QuickityJacks View Post
I don't doubt it's a very fine bike, but I spent a long time as a very big guy (instead of the regular big guy I am now) so there's a certain lingering psychological echo of something that light being prone to explode after I touch it for too long.
I kinda know what you mean about being big and things exploding.My bud is 6-3 and 300+.Hes broke 2 of my kitchen chairs just sitting on them,and my couch squeaks where he sits.Lol.
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Good selection, hope you enjoy your new ride. The CC is the best all round bike I have ever had.
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Wow, such praise for this bike. I was looking at it earlier today but as a newbie was perplexed by the 2x9 speed. My current bike's a 3x7 speed, and I almost always stay on the second..."cog"?...on the front derailleur. I'm wondering, which cog is the Cross Check missing, the first one ("1") for slow speeds and hills or the third ("3") for slowly pedaling while traveling quickly?
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Originally Posted by CornyBum View Post
Wow, such praise for this bike. I was looking at it earlier today but as a newbie was perplexed by the 2x9 speed. My current bike's a 3x7 speed, and I almost always stay on the second..."cog"?...on the front derailleur. I'm wondering, which cog is the Cross Check missing, the first one ("1") for slow speeds and hills or the third ("3") for slowly pedaling while traveling quickly?
Quick note: cogs are in the rear, chainrings are in the front.

The compact double crank, when compared to the triple you have, is missing the smallest chainring.
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I envy you. Go away!!!!!!
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