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    Quote Originally Posted by Ze_Zaskar View Post
    I really like the looks of you bike. What size are those tires?


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    Panaracer Fire Cross 700x45c. 10/10 off-road, 2/10 riding on the pavement.

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    I bought a 50cm CC in black for my wife earlier this year, I wanted to get her the Robin Egg Blue but it would have been a few month wait. Now that I really look at her ride it I think the shorter top tube of the 46cm would have been better. I normally ride a 52-53cm but based on the TT length the 50cm CC would fit me perfectly.

    If I was any kind of husband I would buy her the 46cm Robin Egg Blue CC and I would inherit the 50cm black CC. Yeah, that's the ticket I'm really doing this for her, the fact that I would have myself a beautiful black CC is secondary. It's all about making her happy, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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    So, I've got an older (2006 I think) 'cross-check. Dark metallic green. It's a pretty color, but there are a few rust spots now, and a spot where I had a crack welded. Thinking of stripping it this winter and painting it sparkly purple. Or something else wild. Any other goofy ideas? I've had a hot pink bike before, and don't want to be quite that bright...

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    Good job!

    Quote Originally Posted by willapajames View Post
    So, I've got an older (2006 I think) 'cross-check. Dark metallic green. It's a pretty color, but there are a few rust spots now, and a spot where I had a crack welded. Thinking of stripping it this winter and painting it sparkly purple. Or something else wild. Any other goofy ideas? I've had a hot pink bike before, and don't want to be quite that bright...
    Strip it down, polish a little, put decals on, clear coat

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    Hi. Can anyone suggest MTB front derailleur that works with full size fenders on cross check? I figured it must be high clamp ( bottom swing ) , universal or bottom pull.

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    Fenders & FD

    Quote Originally Posted by nameresu View Post
    Hi. Can anyone suggest MTB front derailleur that works with full size fenders on cross check? I figured it must be high clamp ( bottom swing ) , universal or bottom pull.
    You might try this one if you're running a triple:
    Shimano Deore XT front derailer - 17160

    Or this one if you're running a double:
    Shimano Front Derailleur CX70, dbsm
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    Quote Originally Posted by brdpkns View Post
    Strip it down, polish a little, put decals on, clear coat
    Nah, it's been subtle it's whole life (the dark green looks black from a distance). Time for something wild! It probably won't last much longer anyway with the way I've been riding it lately.

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    Good lookin' CC. Which Kendas are you running?

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    Quote Originally Posted by namelessontrail View Post
    Good lookin' CC. Which Kendas are you running?

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    nude CC

    stripped CC in commuter mode
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    Who cares about the bike. Love the Defender!

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    Winter commuter.

    So yet again my Cross Check gets the call-up for winter commuting duty. It was nice having it set-up with drops for a while but I have a couple of other bikes set-up with drops. I stripped it of gears and put the Nitto Albatross bars back on. I may switch them out for a Moloko bar later on. The tires are Schwalbe Marathons 700x38. They're great for commuting and the occasional dirt excursion. The fenders are SKS P45s that are about 5yrs old. Should they finally crack I'll replace them with the newere P50s.

    It's been fun riding this bike around today. It makes me want to swap out the drops on my LHT...
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    2012 56cm Cross Check

    I live 5 miles from an awesome XC trail, I ride this out there, put in six or so miles of tough xc riding and head back home. Running 38 x 16 ratio. Fix/Free rear wheel. 35c Kenda Small Block 8's
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    Quote Originally Posted by single-trac-mind View Post
    my crosscheck
    I am very impressed with this bike steel is real baby
    Where'd you get that spoke protector?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brdpkns View Post
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    Hey brdpkns, thats a nice Cross Check. Looks like youre using it in rougher terrain.
    Are you happy with these Shimano pedals? Ive got the same and i like the versitality. Altough they ar not fun to use offroad not clipped in. Iam thinking about to put some pins trough the outer frame of the pedal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ikarus View Post
    Hey brdpkns, thats a nice Cross Check. Looks like youre using it in rougher terrain.
    Are you happy with these Shimano pedals? Ive got the same and i like the versitality. Altough they ar not fun to use offroad not clipped in. Iam thinking about to put some pins trough the outer frame of the pedal.
    The pedals do what I need them to. I wear clipless shoes 95% of the time. Only time I use the platforms is on quick beer runs or whatever. They're worthless offroad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dfltroll View Post
    So yet again my Cross Check gets the call-up for winter commuting duty. It was nice having it set-up with drops for a while but I have a couple of other bikes set-up with drops. I stripped it of gears and put the Nitto Albatross bars back on. I may switch them out for a Moloko bar later on. The tires are Schwalbe Marathons 700x38. They're great for commuting and the occasional dirt excursion. The fenders are SKS P45s that are about 5yrs old. Should they finally crack I'll replace them with the newere P50s.

    It's been fun riding this bike around today. It makes me want to swap out the drops on my LHT...
    Do you think you could fit the 47c marathons Rivendell sells w/the p50 fenders front and rear? Nice bike. Thanks.

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    Clearance.

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    Do you think you could fit the 47c marathons Rivendell sells w/the p50 fenders front and rear? Nice bike. Thanks.
    I don't think so. I think this is pretty much the max, with a fender. I have those tires and fit them on the CC before but there's no clearance for fenders.
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    It is. Schwalbe Marathon Supreme 28x2.0" ( 46mm real width ) on delgado cross, SKS PET fenders, 53-55mm wide. Mine is black.

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    I've fit those tires(they really measure around 42-44) in mine with fenders, but its super tight in back. Front fits a bit cleaner but gets rub-age on rough surfaces and such girations.

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    Winter Mode for the Cross Check





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    Quote Originally Posted by dfltroll View Post
    I don't think so. I think this is pretty much the max, with a fender. I have those tires and fit them on the CC before but there's no clearance for fenders.
    Ordered some p50 fenders and some Schwalbe Marathon Mondial 700x40 wire beads from Universal Cycles for my new Cross Check frame. Hoping everything fits. Post some pics here within a week or so.

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    That combo should be dandy

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    Brdpkns, which model/size Schwalbes are those? Looks great!

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    Maxxis Beaver Fits, but very-very tight.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sven98 View Post
    Brdpkns, which model/size Schwalbes are those? Looks great!
    Thanks! 700x38 Marathon Plus. 6,000 miles and not one flat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nameresu View Post
    Maxxis Beaver Fits, but very-very tight.

    And still room for fenders!!! What size? Any side pics?

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    Taking me to campus.

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    My latest addition, an entry level Sanyo dyno hub and Avenir light:



    I took a quick spin around the block tonight, and it puts out a decent amount of light. Certainly enough for riding at night, though I miss the ability to look around corners like I can with a helmet mounted light.

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    Oneof of my favorite threads, cant wait to get mine rolling. Thanks for the motivation guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brdpkns View Post
    And still room for fenders!!! What size? Any side pics?
    Sure. No room for fenders with Beaver. Well, you can almost literally squeeze beavers and fenders, but there will be not enough mud clearance between fender and tire.

    Rear tire is Marathon Supreme 28x2.0 ( 46mm real width ). Beaver exist in only one size, 29x2.0. Width is exact 50mm on Salsa Delgado Cross, and fit is very tight in the fork, because of crown. If you use narrower rims, like 17mm inner width, there will be 1mm more space on each side.

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    If you had to chose one bike... blah, blah, blah

    For the Zombie-Apocalypse I would choose my Pugsley but for your average post-war/mid-marriage/beginner-dad/world-tour/dirt-munching scenarios probably the Cross-Check.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/79498713@N00/5476280330/" title="Bike Path Madness 1 by ibikenz, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5211/5476280330_d7c4a67a41_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Bike Path Madness 1"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/79498713@N00/8177552130/" title="Road Train by ibikenz, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8210/8177552130_222f9a08cf_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Road Train"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/79498713@N00/8108019539/" title="Defence Area by ibikenz, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8192/8108019539_0678af9da4_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Defence Area"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/79498713@N00/8108006591/" title="Westlake Rowing Eight by ibikenz, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8472/8108006591_fe1b69c01a_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Westlake Rowing Eight"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/79498713@N00/8108020642/" title="Road Bike by ibikenz, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8045/8108020642_2e3ef9f3a6_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Road Bike"></a>

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    My fiancé and her Cross Check got hit by a car 4 months ago. One shoulder ligament repair surgery and a new fork later, here she is on her first ride back.


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    After an altercation with a stop-sign-blowing Volkswagen. Bad picture from heat of the moment documentation. Front wheel tacoed. Haven't had time to really check for any frame damage. Other bits scratched and scuffed, with a shattered taillight. Fortunately no bodily injuries for either party! I put a good back-print in her hood though. Something to remember me by. Officer assisted in exchange of information. I'll be contacting her insurance provider.


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    Here is how my CC currently sits (minus the sunshine)



    I am also off the bike after getting hit by a car in August, waiting on the shoulder to regrow. Good to hear the other car-bike folks are some amount of better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ikarus View Post


    Back in black, that's a really nice looking bike. Great job
    A garage full of steel frames means happiness.

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    On her maiden voyage before the rain and mud from today.

    She weighs in at 21.5 lbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webmstrk9 View Post
    On her maiden voyage before the rain and mud from today.

    She weighs in at 21.5 lbs.

    Sent from my SCH-I535 using Tapatalk 2
    21.5 lbs isn't bad at all for a bike that's supposedly a heavy steel. Actually it's darn good.
    A garage full of steel frames means happiness.

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    Somewhere in the middle of a metric century gravel grind.

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    Wheelset from pregnant wife's bike + 29er tires = Monster Cross Check!

    Since my wife is too pregnant to ride her roadbike, I thought it would be a shame for her wheelset to go idle. Changing tires is such a PITA when I want to monstercross the CC. Fortunately, her wheels are built with gloriously beefy Mavic CXP22 rims just begging for big knobby tires. Turns out the CXP22's have the same width as the Mavic MA3's on my bike. Easy swap. I'm in business After the first ride, the road cassette that was on there made for steeper gearing than I prefer for offroad endevers. Thankfully, I had an 8 speed mountain cassette in the garage. Threw that on there and...perfection. Another easy swap thanks to the magic of friction shifting. The Cross Check is so versatile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bolandjd View Post
    Since my wife is too pregnant to ride her roadbike, I thought it would be a shame for her wheelset to go idle. Changing tires is such a PITA when I want to monstercross the CC. Fortunately, her wheels are built with gloriously beefy Mavic CXP22 rims just begging for big knobby tires. Turns out the CXP22's have the same width as the Mavic MA3's on my bike. Easy swap. I'm in business After the first ride, the road cassette that was on there made for steeper gearing than I prefer for offroad endevers. Thankfully, I had an 8 speed mountain cassette in the garage. Threw that on there and...perfection. Another easy swap thanks to the magic of friction shifting. The Cross Check is so versatile.
    I hope your wonderful wife doesn't see what became of her cross err I mean road bike.
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    Today I learned that the Cross Check's generous mud clearance has its limits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heartland View Post
    Today I learned that the Cross Check's generous mud clearance has its limits.

    Geez!
    Those are not mud,
    Those are CLAYS
    When trails gets tougher, Just stand up and deliver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CS2 View Post
    I hope your wonderful wife doesn't see what became of her cross err I mean road bike.
    Yes, she is wonderful. I should have been clearer, that's my CC - I just stole her wheels to run knobby tires so I don't have to take the road tires off my normal wheels. Her bike is hanging, wheelless, in the shed. And no, she hasn't noticed yet. The new baby comes in Feb. I should be good as long as I have her bike back together before the weather warms up in the spring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heartland View Post
    Today I learned that the Cross Check's generous mud clearance has its limits.
    Riding over cookie dough is probably not a good idea

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ze_Zaskar View Post
    Riding over cookie dough is probably not a good idea
    Yup. That happened in all of ~30 feet of a construction site I had to cross between the bike park and a multi-use path.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bolandjd View Post
    Since my wife is too pregnant to ride her roadbike, I thought it would be a shame for her wheelset to go idle. Changing tires is such a PITA when I want to monstercross the CC. Fortunately, her wheels are built with gloriously beefy Mavic CXP22 rims just begging for big knobby tires. Turns out the CXP22's have the same width as the Mavic MA3's on my bike. Easy swap. I'm in business After the first ride, the road cassette that was on there made for steeper gearing than I prefer for offroad endevers. Thankfully, I had an 8 speed mountain cassette in the garage. Threw that on there and...perfection. Another easy swap thanks to the magic of friction shifting. The Cross Check is so versatile.
    Nicely done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by heartland View Post
    today i learned that the cross check's generous mud clearance has its limits.

    lol

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