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    New Travelers Check Build





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    Hardy, Brad and brd's fiance - VERY glad to read you all are still with us.
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    My latest setup:


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    Just built this up w/some old new used parts. It's only seen a couple hundred commuting miles from the past few weeks I bet. Specs another time... Gonna go mtbring.Cross Check pics please-imageuploadedbytapatalk1355678995.863768.jpg

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    Finally got the chance to install and test the new brakes Santa brought me. Initial impression: wow. Awesome.

    Apologies for the crappy cell phone pics.
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    what are the widest tires you can fit on a cross-check?

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    Quote Originally Posted by heartland View Post
    Finally got the chance to install and test the new brakes Santa brought me. Initial impression: wow. Awesome.

    Apologies for the crappy cell phone pics.
    Are they really $300 a pair good?

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    woah...your saddle needs to be dropped a few inches, then leveled out....

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    Quote Originally Posted by aBicycle View Post
    Are they really $300 a pair good?
    They're not quite that expensive--Amazon has them for $100 per set (the box comes with both front and rear brakes and all the hardware you need). Other places online have them for around $150 per set.

    Anyway, yeah, they're worlds better than the canti brakes I've used. (Admittedly, I haven't used any top of the line cantis.) I tried the TRPs on a Giant CX bike that I demoed on some singletrack last year, and I was amazed by their stopping power. I haven't had the chance to take mine on singletrack yet, but I'm sure they'll be a welcome change from the death grip I needed to get my cantis to slow me down.

    Only a few complaints so far: first, I got caught in some rain on my ride last night, and the stock pads didn't stop me as well as I hoped, but they still worked well enough. When these pads wear out, I'll put in some Kool Stops to give me some wet weather braking power. Also, they are taking a while to fine tune (the instructions say that you need to get the pads 1mm away from the rim--mine aren't quite that close yet), but I'm more than willing to spend some time dialing them in to get them working well. I'll write up a longer review once I've put them through their paces a bit.

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    Running those TRPs on my CC for over a year, and would only trade them for disks. My opinion is that, yes, they are that good.

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    that travelers check is beautiful! it's vintage colors, yet its all new!

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnny the boy View Post
    woah...your saddle needs to be dropped a few inches, then leveled out....
    The post was new and I hadnt adjusted the saddle yet, but the height works great for me.

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    Some great looking bikes in here. I miss my check even though I love my new pugsley.

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    I have those brakes on my CC too and yes, they are awesome. I actually like them more than the bb7s I had on my Vaya.

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    Do the TRPs work with road levers? I thought linear pull brakes required the additional cable travel oy leverage of the mountain bike brake lever. Will the TRPs work with levers that come stock on the CC complete bike build. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Tiki View Post
    Do the TRPs work with road levers? I thought linear pull brakes required the additional cable travel oy leverage of the mountain bike brake lever. Will the TRPs work with levers that come stock on the CC complete bike build. Thanks
    Yep, the TRPs are designed to work with road levers. They're "mini-v" brakes, so they don't need quite as much cable pull. I would guess that they'd work fine with the stock levers.

    Some other companies make mini-v's as well. Tektro has a set that are affordable and that have great reviews.
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    Thanks for the great tip and the link. The Tektro mini-v's look like a great upgrade over the stock center-pull, especially for my city-bike purpose. This inexpensive solution overcomes my final concern about choosing the cross-check over the disc-equipped Salsa Vaya 3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heartland View Post
    Yep, the TRPs are designed to work with road levers. They're "mini-v" brakes, so they don't need quite as much cable pull. I would guess that they'd work fine with the stock levers.

    Some other companies make mini-v's as well. Tektro has a set that are affordable and that have great reviews.

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    one quick question about the mini-v's, do people find they have enough clearance for fenders?......and a CC pick, from when i had the open bar on it this summer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rjwall View Post
    one quick question about the mini-v's, do people find they have enough clearance for fenders?......and a CC pick, from when i had the open bar on it this summer.
    Nice looking bike. I had not thought of the open bar on the cc. Riding single track on drops is a bit tricky, at least for me, as the brake levers are not on the bars but on the hoods. I always felt like I was scrambling for the brakes.

    From the reviews I read of the mini-v's, it appear some people notch their fenders to accommodate them. I'm sure the need to notch depends on the make of the brakes and size and placement of the fender. I had to notch my rear fender for the chain on my cargo bike to run Big Apples. Works perfectly.

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    One more question about mini-v's or mini-L brakes: I'm still concerned about the ability to use road levers with the tektro or TRP mini-v / mini-L brakes. On many sites, the tektros are listed as "long pull" brake lever activation:

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    Are standard road levers "long pull" while integrated brake/shifter levers are short pull? Help me understand, please. Thanks in advance.

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    thanks, for the info on the mini v's. i've thought of swapping out the stock cantis, especially at times when i can't get them dialed quite right. ....

    ....yeah, the open bar on the CC is a blast riding singletrack. i got the open bar primarily to see how it changed the CC on singletrack. at the time, i had a set up where the open bar had separate brake cables/ yokes, so all i needed to do was dismantle the bar end shifters and attach the yokes to change from drop bars to the open bar. however, it wasn't as smooth as i thought it'd be to switch bars frequently because it put things just a little bit out of adjustment each time i swapped.

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    I bought this bike used in October and had to have emergency back surgery a couple days later. I am now 3 months post op and finally able to start exercising some. While I was laid up I was able to change out the shifters/brake hoods for a set of ultegra shifter/brake combo shifters. Today I was fitted on the bike by a LBS. I like the look of the brooks saddle but am starting to wonder if it is the best choice for me. The fitter suggested that I may look at saddles down the road.....wait and see I guess.



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    After movig from UK back to Poland I don't commute anymore by bike, so my cross check went from this:



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    much funner this way, love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marcinski View Post


    much funner this way, love it.

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    Agreed, that is a nice bike.
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    great time on the snowy commute yesterday. at one point, on a side street, i saw an suv ahead of me that was slowly skating sideways, and i thought, 'this is the way to go.'
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    Figured Id keep this thread going. Here is my freshly built 60cm. Rides great compared to my old aluminum cross bike. The only thing I need to change out is the seatpost to a non setback, Im too far back. Otherwise Im happy the frame can fit my 40mm tires and fenders. Love it!Cross Check pics please-surlycc.jpg

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    Anybody have a 2013 Hospital Foam Cross Check?

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    nope but i'm about to pull the trigger, can't wait!

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    Thatís one of the only things I donít like about the Cross-Check, the top-tubes are about an inch too long!
    I went with a short stem because I love my (set-back) suspension post. Last nightís monster-commute:

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    After a windy, cold, uncomfortable ride yesterday on my CC, this morning I jettisoned the drop bars and put on my favored flipped Marys. What a difference. Today's ride was still windy and cold, but at least I could roll in comfort.




    I ran out of brake levers, so only one for now (it's fixed, so it's workable):

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    Quote Originally Posted by jesusburger View Post
    Thatís one of the only things I donít like about the Cross-Check, the top-tubes are about an inch too long!
    I went with a short stem because I love my (set-back) suspension post. Last nightís monster-commute:

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    At one time I thought that was a bad thing too. Then I realized that the extra length allows you to have more top tube clearance. It's a good thing for the balls IMO.

    The real problem is that the chain-stays are too short for me to get my fat tires in there without deflating them. Can't even removed the wheel without deflating them because of the chain-stay bridge.

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    I love the look of this. I am currently adding mustache bars to mine.

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    Dirty Blue build

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    Cross Check pics please

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    Muddy Sunday

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    Quote Originally Posted by brdpkns View Post
    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.
    I'm not sure you are right about that (actually I am sure...) ! Some of the best mtb riders in the world ride flats!!! Riding flats off road will increase your general ability and make loose all the bad habits you pick up when ride clips too much.

    A bit of litt here to help you understand: Flats vs. Clipless Pedals | Mountain Bike Training Programs

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoro View Post
    I'm not sure you are right about that (actually I am sure...) ! Some of the best mtb riders in the world ride flats!!! Riding flats off road will increase your general ability and make loose all the bad habits you pick up when ride clips too much.

    A bit of litt here to help you understand: Flats vs. Clipless Pedals | Mountain Bike Training Programs

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    Take it down a notch, champ. I was referring to my specific pedal, not platforms as a whole. You see, the pedal I was referring to doesn't have any pins or real grip on my shoes. I have downhill platforms on my trail bike that I love.

    Relax.

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    No brdpkns, by speaking against platforms... YOU DEMEAN US ALL.

    But in all seriousness. a good set of platforms is my choice 99% of the time. they work just fine, and I have enough cycling skill to fix all the things that clipless pedals purport to fix. (Which my research tells me is cadence and unicorn attacks)

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    Platform pedals.

    You want to see people get their panties in a pinch about platform pedals? Go for a "serious" road ride with platform pedals. Over the past 5 years I've started to spend more and more of my cycling time out of lycra and on platform pedals. It just works for me. Last week did 90 miles, mixed terrain with 50% gravel on CC SS with platform pedals. Looking to do a similar ride this week. The VP platform pedals are great.

    VP Thin Gripster pedals
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    Quote Originally Posted by dfltroll View Post
    You want to see people get their panties in a pinch about platform pedals? Go for a "serious" road ride with platform pedals. Over the past 5 years I've started to spend more and more of my cycling time out of lycra and on platform pedals. It just works for me.
    Hey nice bike! I totally agree about roadies raging when seeing platforms!! Anyways, most of them are joes no names that got ill-advised when buying a bike and are stuck with a 100% racing outfit from head to toe with a stretched out position like they were going to race Milan-San Remo or the TDF!! Feeling sour they plunked all this $$ on space/road wear.

    I ride VPs also, this model. I got them for free at an Enduro race by the nice guys at VP. They work really good, especially with sticky 5.10s:Name:  66co0uwprc6lctw.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by CBUL View Post
    2X9 58cm frame set.

    most cross checks don't look all that nice, but this is rockin' right here.

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    here's my CC

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    WOW, that is a beautiful CC...I'm hoping to do something similar when I build up mine. Nice work!

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    Finally got it done, my all purpose commuter and tourer Been riding a hardtail with slicks and decided to treat myself to this!

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    My LBS (North Central Cyclery in DeKalb, great guys) just sent me a picture of the soon-to-be-my new CC. Not going to be able to pick it up until a week from Saturday, though. BOO!

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    Congrats on the new bike evandy! Looks like it's spec'd well.
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    Can't wait to see it in person; I love the look of that Blark Due. If it weren't for the fact I didn't like the hospital green, I might've gone with the standard full bike... instead, I went custom-build. There are some parts I'll probably upgrade as they wear out, but on the whole, it should be a good workhorse.

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    Another week, another all day SS ride on the CC.

    Got out for another long ride on the CC yesterday and explored some new dirt roads. Total mileage was somewhere in the 85 mile range. I won't lie, some of the pitches on the road we explored were pretty steep and we walked a bit but the descents were great. Lots of rain yesterday, lots of quiet roads and new ideas for future rides. I mainly rode the CC because my buddy's geared bike is out of commission. I think this ride is it for long SS rides for a while. Still, you gotta love the versatility of the CC. Next week I'll be on the LHT.
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    OhDoubleYouIan- Thank you and your ride is looks quite fine as well!

    evandy- You will dig the blue! What size is that? I see your going for a work horse bike with the lights and fenders. That thought crossed my mind as well......but for now it will be a Gravel, Road and cyclocross machine.

    Post a pic when she is all dialed in.

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    Changes aplenty! My monstercross commuter rig has been transformed. The flat bar is swapped for a road bar, v-brakes give way to cantis, top mount shifters (Shim downtubes + Paul Thumbies) are now relocated to the down tubes and the Kenda Karmas were swapped to Happy Medium and now again down to Small Block 8 700x35s. Rounding out the package is a Race Face Cadence crankset.

    Looking to have pics up tonight (within 10 hours from exactlyyyyyyyyyyyy ... NOW! lol)
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