was looking for a versatile and durable frame that would suit the
long distance randoneur rides that I plan on participating in this
year (100, 200, 300 km events). The bike would also serve duty as
a commuter, winter bike, and I may possibly throw on some knobbies
and test my skill in a few fall cyclocross races. It will also be
my ride on a 390 km adventure from Vancouver to Kelowna this summer.
Criteria for my new ride was - Durable, versatile, and cost effective
frame. - Longer wheelbase with relaxed head angle for a comfortable,
stable ride with a rear rack and rack bag. - Clearance for larger
tires and fenders. - Better brakes in the wet than typical road
brakes. - Rear rack mounts. - Downtube shifter bosses. In my search
I stumbled onto the Surly website and found that the crosscheck
matched my needs perfectly. Half the fun is hand picking the parts...so
I started with the frame in 58 CM, added a wonderfully comfortable
Nitto Noodle bar in 46 cm width, Shimano RD560 wheels known as a
fairly reliable wheelset, and Continental 700C x 25mm 2000 tires.
I added additional spare parts I had lying around including 8 speed
shimano shifting with downtube shifters, Tektro Brake levers to
match the linear pull V-Brakes, and a comfortable Selle Italia Max
Flite Trans Am Saddle.
upgrades include 9 speed Dura-Ace bar end shifters and 12-27 casette,
rear rack and GPS mount.
is a little heavy but exhibits a nice solid, stable, and comfortable
ride as I had hoped. Made it to the top of the climbs first on it's
first outing during our weekly 95 km Saturday hammerfest.
you enjoy the pictures.