I think I’m done tweaking my Surly Cross Check… well, I might be.

Well, I’ve owned my Surly CC for several months now and changed a ton of parts and components on it, and it now feels like “my bike”. I purchased this bike with the intention of using as an all a-rounder and winter trainer, but to make it suit me, my needs and riding style, a number of changes had to be made. Here is a list of the changes to date.

* Installed a Deore 42 32 22 triple crankset
* 11/34 10 speed cassette
* ” a Deore front DR
*  90mm stem for the 120mm stem that came stock on the bike
* Salsa Cowbell 3 bars
* Red Salsa bar tape (ordered black but the vendor sent red)
* Brooks Flyer 100th anniversary saddle (I purchased and installed a black Rivet Pearl saddle and rode it for 400 miles, but it didn’t work for me, great saddle, wrong butt)
* Ortlieb large bar bag
* Surly Nice Rack rear rack
* MKS Lambda platform pedals (I despise clip in pedal systems)
* 700c x 35mm Schwalbe Marathon Evolution tires (these are awesome tires, zero flats as of yet and pretty fast!)
* Handsome Cycles hammered copper fenders (they’re not copper, but powder coated new penny color)

These changes have made this bike everything that Id hoped it would be. Low gearing to tackle the hills, a rack for strapping on whatever, the Brooks saddles makes for a happy butt, fenders to keep me dry and clean and I’m not gonna lie, it’s pretty! The only significant improvements that I plan on making in the future is to have a 36 hole Velocity Dyad wheelset built with a dynamo hub built into the front wheel and lighting. I’m ridiculously happy with the bike and how it performs for me as it is currently set up. If I had to describe the bike in a word, that word would be “stoic”, It doesn’t feel eager when I’m in the saddle like my ’89 Allez does, it isn’t a lively ride, or a dead one, it’s neither fast nor slow,  it’s steady and capable machine that does what I ask of it well and without complaint. It’s a nice ride.

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Author: cyclethepacificnorthwest

I'm 55 year old retired firefighter living in Vancouver Washington. Now that I've gotten that 32 years of foolishness called a career behind me; my real life starts now.

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