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    Quote Originally Posted by seat_boy View Post
    I put together a post with all the different builds of my CC I had pictures of. I ended up with 17 different configurations:

    Bikes and Playgrounds: Ways to Build a Surly Cross Check
    Seat_boy, well done! I feel like my CC has been through as many variations. It's such an incredibly versatile bike. Mine just turned 7yrs old and while it's set-up as a singlespeed with an Open Bar, I'm thinking of going back to drops and gears. It just seems like every 3 to 6 months I need to change things up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eredinger View Post
    First ride on the new Cross Check this weekend. Need to change out a few things like seat and break levers but overall really happy with how the bike fits and rides. Also dig the color!

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    Congrats on your fine new ride!

    Just today I happened to see one of these green cross checks in real-life for the first time. It is a fabulous color! For some reason the web photos don't do it justice. But up close and in person it is so right. Makes me want.

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    Here is my cross check.

    Single speed with Profile spline drive cranks
    Knard 41 tires


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    that crank is the exact configuration I have in mind for my straggler. it just looks so right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agwan View Post
    that crank is the exact configuration I have in mind for my straggler. it just looks so right.
    best crank set ever imo. I have one on my Krampus as well. Beefy, American made, and clean looking. My CrossCheck is running the 45t Profile Elite Spline Drive Sprocket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tim_w_sage View Post
    best crank set ever imo. I have one on my Krampus as well. Beefy, American made, and clean looking. My CrossCheck is running the 45t Profile Elite Spline Drive Sprocket.
    I look at it as the last crank I'll need to buy, as it is so over the top strong for a commuter. but it also just has a look about it. like it was built with the frame. steel tubes to steel tubes.

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    Cross-Check night ops with Philips Saferide and Knog Boomer:




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    These tires seem like a great choice for the CC if you're looking for something that has larger volume but isn't belted and designed for touring and or commuting.

    Soma C-Line Tire 700c x 38mm | Ocean Air Cycles
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    Quote Originally Posted by dfltroll View Post
    These tires seem like a great choice for the CC if you're looking for something that has larger volume but isn't belted and designed for touring and or commuting.

    Soma C-Line Tire 700c x 38mm | Ocean Air Cycles
    Interesting. My first reaction upon seeing the picture was that it looks awful lot like a Pasela. Sure enough - I read - it is a Pasela, on a wider, more supple, casing. At twice the price of an ordinary Pasela, I wonder if its twice as good? I do dig the red color, though. Black is so boring.
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    Panaracer makes a number of tires using the Pasela mold. Some are sold by Panaracer and others by Soma and Compass Bicycles. The compounds are apparently different for each tire.

    I'm a fan of Paselas, I used 700x32 Paselas pretty exclusively for 2yrs a few years back. The steel belted ones are a good price especially considering how inexpensive they are and how nicely they roll. My concern about the C-Lines is that they share the same problem that made me move beyond Paselas, weak sidewalls.
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    here's my CC with my buddy's LHT on a camping trip last weekend. overall rode pretty good loaded, but on some of the steeper descents, i got to thinking i'd like some low rider front racks to balance the load a little.
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    Yep. Unfortunately, supple = weak sidewall. I suppose one's mileage may vary as to whether that's a problem or not. I'm running 32 mm Paselas myself and love them. I flatted on a nail once, but have never had a problem with sidewall cuts.
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    New Tires.

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    Just added a set of Rock 'N Roads to my new Cross Check. Can't wait to try these out.

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    You're going to love those. Easily one of the best upgrades I've done.
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    love that colour

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    Spent some time getting to know the Cross Check today on unimproved park roads. Awesome bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by backcountryeti View Post

    Spent some time getting to know the Cross Check today on unimproved park roads. Awesome bike.
    off topic, but what park is that? i'm in nati, and don't think i've ridden it from the looks of it. enjoy the CC, my favorite bike!

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    This is in East Fork state park, some of the old roads that crisis cross the area. Surprisingly there is a ton of pavement left, just completely in disrepair.

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    2009 Surly Cross Check -- 58 -- Origin 8 Gary bar
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    It's been a while since I've been on the Cross Check! I've had my eye on the Straggler, but i can't justify having both and I really don't want to sell the Cross
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    Looks like winter is finally here, which motivated me to put the 1.9 knobbies on. Also threw on a shorter stem with more rise. So much more comfortable, I don't care if it looks like a dad bike.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tim_w_sage View Post
    Here is my cross check.

    Single speed with Profile spline drive cranks
    Knard 41 tires
    Are those TRP Mini-V brakes? I've been eying the Knard 41 as a potential for my next knobby tire, but I wasn't sure if they'd have clearance with the Mini-V brake. Looks like they're working well for you, though!
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    Nice ride at dusk tonight to test out the new brake levers and TRP brakes. Also added the cross brakes to the bar. Everything works well.
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    I recently built my CC up as an upright geared around town bike:



    Since most of my road riding fits this pattern, I was thinking I could get down to just one road bike. But, I'm already missing my fixed gear CC...

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    The fixed gear itch always strikes as soon as I finish re-installing gears. Never fails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vaultbrad View Post
    The fixed gear itch always strikes as soon as I finish re-installing gears. Never fails.
    The CC is almost too damn versatile! I can't seem to go 6 months without rebuilding it.
    All good expeditions should be simple in concept, difficult in their execution and satisfying to remember--Alastair Humphreys

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