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    Okay, so yeah ... PICS! Well, just one for now, but it illustrates the changes. Radically different than what I was running before. Will post up more/better pics when I get the cockpit a little better dialed-in and grip tape wrapped. This bike continues to primarily be my commuter to work and back. In this trim it won't be seeing much offroad duty (35s are just too small for my scrawny, boney butt! lol). I also have a Kona Blast that's gettin' a little love for similar duty, so there's some "competition" between the two. One of them might get "the boot" later this year. Might.
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    AndrewTO- Nice Bike! I like the bomb proof down tube shifters for commuting as well.

    You also get points for being punctual.

    Nice build.

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    AndrewTO, Thats a 60cm frame right? What size/angle stem do you have on there? Just trying to figure things out on my CC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewTO View Post
    Okay, so yeah ... PICS! ...
    Real NICE! I like that build, especially the DT shifters.

    What's your commute like? Do you find you get fast tire wear on the knobbies? I'm heavy too, and I run smooth 32c Specialized tires on a 25km commute. Mix of pavement, rail-trails, dirt roads, and city streets.
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    Thanks guys!

    The frame is indeed a 60cm. I'll have to get back to you guys in a few hours about the reach and rise.

    As for my commute - it's 13 km each way, all paved. I'm a scrawny bastard and don't make much power, so I don't usually break anything or wear tires out very fast because i'm always swapping them for something else. As such, I can't say squat about tire wear. I ran the Kenda Karma 1.9s for about a dozen trips to work and back and about half-dozen offroad rides. They have held up well showing no signs of wear thus far. I swapped those out for Kenda Happy Mediums and those have been strictly used on road (okay okay, and maybe a couple of front lawns lol SSSHHHHH!!!!! ), easily 30 trips. The SB8 35s that you see now don't even have 100 km on them because I keep swapping them out for bigger (read: higher volume) tires. Thought i'd give them yet another try. I like the *thought* of the lighter, faster tires, but I don't like the *feel* of them, despite playing with pressures. They're fine on the smooth paved roads, but on sidewalks and the lumpy paved shoulders they're hell (imho, of course).

    I'm trying to fight off yet another "I want a road bike" urge with this build. :/ I always love the efficiency and feel and the instant acceleration, but as soon as the road goes for a crap the love is quick to disappear. The steel and 35s should *theoretically* make up for this, but it usually doesn't work that way.

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    Cross Check pics please

    Got some trp brakes to replace my old beat up shorty 6's. no more turkey gobble! Also got some new pedals.


    WHY ARE YOU YELLING??!1

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    Okay, stem is 20* rise and 80mm reach.
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    The green CC looks awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CBUL View Post
    evandy- You will dig the blue! What size is that?
    Just picked it up; it's a 54cm. I was worried about the size, but when standing flat-footed on the ground it's JUST ok with the standover height, so I definitely don't want anything bigger. Still need to add the rack and lights, but... the Blue is FANTASTIC. A lot more grey than in looks online, but I really like it. I don't have a kickstand for this yet, which makes this the first bike that I haven't had a kick for. We'll see how it goes and whether or not I feel like I need to add one.

    Pictures soon, when I have a chance to get everything put together.

    After riding my big dummy around all winter this feels so light that it's crazy.

    EDIT: Everything on but the water bottle cages. Will do that tomorrow and take some pictures with the bright sunlight. I may need to play with the mounting of my fenders and rack; I'm not very happy with them sharing the same eyelet, but that was the easy way to get everything together. IT can certainly live that way until I start needing to haul some bigger loads.

    EDIT2: I played with the rack mount again this evening and managed to get the rack and fenders attached to different braze-ons. Should be less shearing action on the bolts, now.
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    Ok, finally got some pictures taken... here we go:

    Full bike:


    Luxos-B dynamo headlight and Alfine dyno-hub:


    Tubus Rack, Carradice saddlebag, Toplight Line Plus tail light:


    And, of course, my personal bike mechanic:

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    Quote Originally Posted by evandy View Post
    And, of course, my personal bike mechanic:
    Awww, so cute.

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    Bike is sweet too. I dig the Dark Dirty Blue. Nice Carradice as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrennanJay View Post
    Awww, so cute.
    If you can't tell, she has my 3-way park tool and is attaching my water bottle cages. She's expensive, though. She only accepts dinner, bike rides, and stories as payment.
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    Right on! Nice bike set up. Your little girl is just a Doll!

    Congrats on both!

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    Quote Originally Posted by evandy View Post
    Umm. 2 posts above yours has the pictures?
    Yeah, I just noticed and edited my post right before you posted. That was a fast response time. The bike looks great. Nothing like picking up a new bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrennanJay View Post
    Yeah, I just noticed and edited my post right before you posted. That was a fast response time. The bike looks great. Nothing like picking up a new bike.
    Caught me browsing the forum... however, there's definitely something better than picking it up: Riding it!

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    Decided to snap a quick pic of my pretty new pink bar tape before it gets all messed up.
    "Never trust a man in a blue trench coat. Never drive a car when you're dead." -- Tom Waits

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    I'm building a cross check. I've only just started and have not received all the parts yet. The frame has not even arrived yet

    Here are some pictures still on the wheel and handlebars. The wheels are cheap Shimano WH-R501 30mm. My plan is to buy an extra sets of wheels with cx-tires later.

    The handlebar is a FSA vero compact road bar (44 cm), Cane Creek SCR-5 brake levers and Cane Creek Crosstop levers. Dura Ace 7900 bar end shifters.

    The entire bike will cost about the same as a surly complete bike. Drivetrain will be mostly Shimano 105.

    More posts when the black cross check frame arrives!

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    Quote Originally Posted by heartland View Post
    Decided to snap a quick pic of my pretty new pink bar tape before it gets all messed up.
    That looks like the same pink tape that I have on my big Dummy. If so, it should last pretty well... mine is still vibrant after a winter's commuting (admittedly with gloves).

    Quote Originally Posted by dbpetrol View Post
    Cane Creek SCR-5 brake levers and Cane Creek Crosstop levers.
    I'm intrigued by those crosstop levers. I like the idea of having a secondary brake option beyond the hoods. May have to look into retrofitting some onto my bike. Anyone know if something like that works with Shimano Apex road levers?

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    There should be no problem to use crosstoplevers with any roadbrakelevers. Pull out the brake cable and cut the housing. There is a hinge on the clamp for easy installation of the lever. The levers makes the housing longer when activated = brake.

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    My brand new baby

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    Mostly a stock SS Cross Check, switched for On-one Midge bars and Cane Creek drop V levers. Switched out the seatpost for a Shimano Pro Vibe 7. Actually pretty nice, very easy to adjust...would definitely recommend as an alternative to the regular stuff.

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    Nice Crosscheck pictures. I like your ss Crosscheck and bag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wschruba View Post
    My brand new baby
    Another blark due owner! Hope you love that color as much I love mine. Even if I made mine a 10x instead of a single speeder. Where are you located? That's a stellar shoreline behind your bike.

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    Wschruba, what are your thoughts on the tires that the bike comes with?
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    Quote Originally Posted by commutenow View Post
    Nice Crosscheck pictures. I like your ss Crosscheck and bag.
    Thanks, it's a Revelate Designs bag. I separated my AC, so off the backpack came. The biggest reason I grabbed it, versus a cheaper bag, was that is had routing for hydration in the front of the bag. No loop to secure the reservoir, but that's easy enough to remedy.

    Quote Originally Posted by evandy View Post
    Another blark due owner! Hope you love that color as much I love mine. Even if I made mine a 10x instead of a single speeder. Where are you located? That's a stellar shoreline behind your bike.
    I'm enjoying the color quite a bit, understated, not flashy, but unique as far as most of the stuff I see.

    I'm a few towns in from the Jersey Shore. That's Seabright in the background, farthest north shore town here. I'm [not quite] at the top of Hartshorne Woods--it's an old military installation turned park. Right behind me are two rather large bunkers, and behind that is the pad where Missile Command used to be. The folks here got whacked pretty bad by Hurricane Sandy, pretty much flooded out the business district. There are still sand drifts along the sides of the roads here, and the concrete MUP going into Sandy Hook (out of frame to the left) got torn up and strewn around. It's surreal, even after a few months, to ride the coast here.

    Quote Originally Posted by dfltroll View Post
    Wschruba, what are your thoughts on the tires that the bike comes with?
    The stock Conti's are nice, if a bit knobby for road use (knobby in the sense that there is some real tread to them). They're WIDE for a road tire, at 42mm, but that allows them to run quite a bit lower pressure (I'm currently at 45f/50r, at ~200 lbs, with the bike) which is nice, considering the shape of the roads here, even before Sandy came tearing through. They corner nicely on the road, thanks to their rounded tread cross section, though I haven't really tried to go to any real extreme angles with them...maybe 35/40 degrees on a banked turn. As far as off road, I took it down a gravel/packed sand fire road, and it was mostly okay until a sand patch at the end, where the back washed out. Not unexpected, but perfectly acceptable for a 'touring' tire. Would definitely grab something more aggressive for the local trails (sand/clay/logs/roots)...not that I'd try to take it off road too much around my area. They are nice and grippy, though maybe not as much so as a racing day tire; I've logged about 275 miles on them, and the center mold line is still visible. I was dubious about the tread pattern, at first, but I've come to enjoy it quite a bit here--It eats up broken asphalt, grass, dirt, and other generally level surfaces with aplomb.

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