- Picked up a Surly Cross-Check from City Bikes in Portland Oregon on 7/30/16.
Yesterday I took my new Cross-Check for a 50 miles shake down ride and it became immediately evident that the stock double 48/36 crankset and my old legs aren’t a winning combination. I finished the ride okay, but suffered a bit on the steeper climbs, okay let’s be honest here, I suffered a lot! So, this afternoon it’s back to the bike shop for a mountain triple crankset upgrade.
So far, I’ve replaced the horrendously awful saddle that came stock on the bike with a black Brooks B17 Imperial, yanked off the stock Surly Knard tires in exchange for a pair of Conti Gatorskin 32mm tires and installed a Blackburn rear rack, I also have TONS of other stuff in the mail that I’ll install as it arrives. Expensive but fun!
My goal with this bike is to make it into a sturdy, reliable daily rider that I can also use as a century/rando bike as well as a credit card tourer. Honestly, I’m already more than a little bit in love with it.