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    Hey algee, that looks like an awesome time! I'd love to see your developments as far as camping gear go.

    In my seemingly endless quest for the perfect setup, I have a new one to submit for your viewing. New things are 165 Sugino XD2 crank arms(really like these), and some old Origin8 Gary bars(also really like these). What I'd like next is a longer, higher angle stem, and 11-30 cassette out back rather than the 12-25 thats on there. Think the stock tiagra rd has the capacity for a 30? I've heard the shimano reccomendations are conservative in that respect and they say 27 max.

    Anyway, too the pictures!



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    Buying a CrossCheck in 6 weeks. Can. Not. Wait.

    This thread helps me daydream though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vaultbrad
    What I'd like next is a longer, higher angle stem, and 11-30 cassette out back rather than the 12-25 thats on there. Think the stock tiagra rd has the capacity for a 30? I've heard the shimano reccomendations are conservative in that respect and they say 27 max.
    Looks like a solid set up! That frame though... you must be quite short.

    I'm not sure if this will help with your question as my situation is a little different, but what the hey: I had a 11-32 mtb cassette put on my CC when I bought it, and my LBS told me that I had to use a mountain derailleur (ended up with an SLX, and it works great). You could always try the Tiagra on the 11-30 and then sell it for a mtb derailleur if it doesn't work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vaultbrad
    Think the stock tiagra rd has the capacity for a 30? I've heard the shimano reccomendations are conservative in that respect and they say 27 max.
    I'm running a 11-28 cassette on the stock Tiagra and it works great, doesn't even struggle getting to the 28t cog. I'd say the 30t would be worth a try, but no guarantee it'll work.
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    Thanks for the help guys. I'll probably just go for n-28 cassette since it's known to work. Probably try to find an old cheapy to try on there. Da funds be low.

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    @vaultbrad - thanks, it was indeed awesome. trying to get things super dialed so i can sneak in quick trips with minimal prep time. more time = more distance.
    i am also using the gary's and they are easily my favorite drop bars that i have tried. got the woodchippers on my fixed gear. hard to compare the two, since i have them on different sized frames - the fixed gear is a pake c'mute cross frame, which is similar geom, but a size smaller.
    good luck with the drivetrain!

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    Crosscheck Evolution

    Shined my crosscheck up last night, so I thought I'd share some pics of it over time.

    2007 original build. Flip-flop single/fixed, fat slicks, v-brakes, layback post, Brooks. moustache bar. Commuter and general all-around fun.


    Cleetus the Crosscheck by Anthony DeLorenzo, on Flickr

    2008 touring setup. Geared with downtube shifters, 48 cm wide drop bars, bags and 35mm touring tires. (Bars are crazy high, uncut fork with a riser stem!)


    Surly Crosscheck by Anthony DeLorenzo, on Flickr

    2008-09 road bike. Still DT shifters, 28mm road tires, ditched the Brooks for a San Marco, straight post. Road racing, training and commuting.

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    2010-present fixed gear. 36H Phil Wood hubs laced to Mavic CXP-33s for a bomber wheelset. 50x22 in the winter with cross tires, 50x19 in the summer on road tires. Commuting and road training.

    I like to see the evolution of my riding position, over time I've moved my saddle forward and my bars much lower.


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    The bike I've owned the longest now, and the last one I'd own if it could only be one.

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    Took mine out on what was supposed to be 44 miles of gravel with a group. After visiting my grandmother who is losing a fight to cancer for a week before the ride and not feeling so hot myself, it was probably not the best idea. The riders were pretty fit, training for a 200 mile gravel ride, and I was in no shape whatsoever, but I said fu*k it..if I get dropped I get dropped, I need to put some miles in sometime, why not now!?

    Well, I did get dropped, and lost. However, it was a beautiful day, and I was on my new bike! I ended up putting in around 65 miles because I got lost so many times and soooo far off track. I only took one picture, when I was laying on the side of the road, hurting, laughing at myself, and having a great time! #beautifulstruggle




    Overall the bike performed great. The rear wheel I built up stayed true and I got no rub out of the giant tires, though I wish I had something smaller. The cross check is heavier and I could definitely tell on the climbs. The seatpost was slipping, or maybe not slipping, but the seat was for sure moving side to side. I clamped the post down and it happened again, so I ended up clamping it all the way down and I don't think it's moved since. Thumbs up!
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    Nice! IMHO those Surly stainless clamps are no good. I've had no success with any of them.

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    My 'cross check is old enough to have come with the chunky "constrictor" collar. That thing never slipped. Now it's got a salsa collar, which does slip, but looks purty. Guess I'll put the old surly one back on. If it ain't broke, don't fix it eh?

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    Yeah, I never had a problem with the giant constrictors either..so far so good on the silver, if it slips I'll have to get something else though..it's tightened down as much as possible.
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    Mine's only a week or so old. The basic concept was "a lot of parts in the garage, all it needs is a frame." Decided to try a 1x9. 36t up front, 11-32 in back. Regular Deore derailer. Vintage Deore XT shifter in friction mode. Levers are vintage Dia Compe SS-7. Tektro 720's for stopping. Rear wheel Salsa Delgado rim on Deore XT hub. Front wheel an eBay find Mavic A719 laced to a Shimano 105 hub.

    Overall the bike does the job it was designed for. Basic rides without a destination or plan in mind. As well as commuting duty. Eventually will try it as a single speed and maybe fenders and studded tires for winter.

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    I really like it Eric. Well done.

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    my daily commuter...

    build up as a classic randonneur. Really like this bike...
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    vaultbrad - thanks. I'm really happy with the build. Was able to get a lot of inspiration from this thread.

    brettsportler - what fenders are those? Look like Berthoud.Trying to figure out what to put on my CC. The Schwable Marathon Cross don't like the Planet Bike Cascadias or narrower Berthouds. Have both in the garage and neither work well.

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    Eric,

    those are indeed from Gilles Berthoud. It´s the 50mm size which allows for a Schwalbe Marathon Dureme in 1.6" .

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    Thanks. Ended up finding a pair of SKS P45s and put those on instead. A take-off from another bike in the garage. Works with the Marathon Cross and should cover (barely) the Schwalbe Dureme 700x40 I just ordered from my LBS.

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    This bike is reaching a pretty stable steady state. I have added a dynohub and light to its 3-season setup, along w/ chunkier tires and rims, and fenders. May-June-ish the fenders will come off, tires will slim down a bit (32mm maybe), and gear ratio will increase.


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    Price Point's prices were on point for some Race Face Cadence bars and stem so I picked some up to enhance my cockpit fit and silver up my ride a bit. They look and feel great in my hands' opinion. Their cheapest bar tape feels great as well as looking snappy. Here, seen in front of my version of the white garage door. I should have snapped shots on the ride today. Next time there will be sun in the pictures.


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    Snapped a new photo yesterday...

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    Some fresh pics from yesterday's exploration of Bismarck, ND





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    Quote Originally Posted by jesusburger
    Made the most of the New Zealand summer today and rode from home to try out some new trails. That's the great thing about Cross-Checks: I've got a singlespeed Pugsley as well (that truth be told is my favourite bike) but I wouldn't ride 15km on it to the trailhead. Well not unless I had a day to kill ;^)

    Only problem with todays ride - I kept pulling my axle forward in the dropout, even with the Salsa skewer done up as tight as it will go. How do i get around that? It seems to be getting worse now the paint has worn away and it's metal on metal?

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/79498713@N00/5524980366/" title="Back Road Bike - I freak’n love this bike! by ibikenz, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5255/5524980366_43ff1d6700_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Back Road Bike - I freak’n love this bike!" /></a>
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    What size tires do you have on that? Nice!

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    The look like the Panaracer FireCross 700x45's.
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    I got suckered by 2 straight days >60F into putting on summer slicks (32mm but they look pretty scrawny under 45mm fenders).

    Also replaced solid rear axle w/ hollow + QR, and added surly dingle cog. So far no wheel-sliding issues after a test ride yesterday and morning commute today.


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    New drivetrain combo. Who needs 1x9, 1x10, 2x9, 2x10, 3x9, 3x10, etc, when you can have 2x6?!


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    Quote Originally Posted by vaultbrad
    New drivetrain combo. Who needs 1x9, 1x10, 2x9, 2x10, 3x9, 3x10, etc, when you can have 2x6?!
    Very cool. Which hub/cassette did you use?
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    Thanks! I find that I rarely use the smaller cogs of the cassette, so I got rid of it. It's a plain old Deore hub with some spacers to put the cogs in such a way that I have reasonable chainline in both chainrings. The cassette is just a regular 11-34 sram 9spd. Pretty fun this way! I find it a nice **** you to the companies forcing us into the realm of more is just more. Ha.

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    I was gifted a new to me crankset(R600)! My first foray into the world of external BB system. I really really like it.


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    Here's mine: 56cm with Alfine IGH, Versa 8 shifter/brake levers. It's replaced my car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by foster07 View Post
    Here's mine: 56cm with Alfine IGH, Versa 8 shifter/brake levers. It's replaced my car.
    Looks good I have been thinking about getting a Check cross and fitting my Rohloff hub for my trip to Africa next year with
    http://www.tourdafrique.com/tours/tourdafrique


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    Foster, I really like that setup. Very clean, looks great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gyeswho View Post
    How my two roll

    Hey there, I just sent you a PM.

    Is this the Dimension fork with the road BB7s? I'm just about to pull the trigger and make the conversion to disc front. These cantis (sorry canti lovers) just don't stop me. I want a disc up front, and I'm willing to do the work of swaping the fork, hub, disc, retaping the bars, etc, etc.

    Thanks much, great looking Cross Checks all around!

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    The more time I spend on the CC, the more I like it. We've had our ups and downs, but she's here to stay. From today at the track:


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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/gomez_lakeraven/5816022035/" title="Kool Gravel Thurz-deigh by ~gomez~, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5080/5816022035_4ec3ce8a7c_z.jpg" width="600" height="600" alt="Kool Gravel Thurz-deigh"></a>

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    I guess I need a certain number of posts to upload pics, but I am really enjoying the pics on this thread. All I have is a frameset 2006 model that I stripped and had powder coated orange. Picked it up on cl for just over a buck. Bought the factory decals and put them back on since they were missing to begin with. I'm getting a lot of great ideas. Let's see more!

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    I'm trying to keep up with Vaultbrad here on the number of Crosscheck permutations created.

    My latest concept is the CC as a quick change artist. With my garage full of spare parts, it's relatively easy to go from my tourer, trailer tower, family bike:


    To a lighter, faster, ride with the guys after work bike:


    I bet I could do this switchover in 15 minutes. There are a couple of key enablers here:

    - the whole front end is a unit: fork, fender, brakes, stem, bars, rack, etc can all be switched almost as easily as switching a stem.

    - wheels, tires, and cassettes all go together and are specific for each build

    - the brakes match the wheels, so I don't have to adjust the pad position, just bolt and unbolt the caliper arms

    - no front derailer means there's no cables to cut. Brakes and rear derailers go with each build. For the front, I use the small 34t ring for the touring setup (it's flat where Iive in Ohio), and the 40t ring for the fast setup.

    - master links on the chains mean I can easily swap chains, no tools needed.

    - there's also a single speed setup (not shown), that's basically the touring setup, but with a different chain, no downtube shifter or rear derailer, and only three cogs on the rear (16, 18, and 21). That gives me four usable gears with the two rings up front: 40x16 (67", everyday gear), 34x16 (57" easier gear), 34x18 (51") and 34x21 (44", for off road). I could use a 22t instead of 21 and widen my gear range, but I didn't have one handy. This requires a half link and uses pretty much the whole range of the dropout, but it's a fun "single speed" setup. That's actually how I typically have the CC set up...

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    Quote Originally Posted by seat_boy View Post
    I'm trying to keep up with Vaultbrad here on the number of Crosscheck permutations created.

    Ha! Your CC permutations have been part of my inspiration! The CC lends itself so well to being different things that I can never keep it the same way for too long. One day I'll be in the single speed mood, and the next in a geared rando sort of mood. Then I'll want to take it to the trails, or pretend to be a roadie, etc. Sometimes I feel bad for it, as though it were tired of being changed around so much. Or perhaps it enjoys the change of pace. I think it's about to go single speed again.

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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/gomez_lakeraven/5889219072/" title="black bike ~ rv by ~gomez~, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5304/5889219072_f446b6ce27_b.jpg" width="1024" height="683" alt="black bike ~ rv"></a>
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    I just made it to 10 posts, so here is my starting point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nelzbycks View Post
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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/gomez_lakeraven/5913589836/" title="gravel bike tour 7/11 by ~gomez~, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6007/5913589836_a747078cf2_b.jpg" width="1024" height="576" alt="gravel bike tour 7/11"></a>
    boom!

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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/gomez_lakeraven/5913588550/" title="gravel bike tour 7/11 by ~gomez~, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5271/5913588550_23acb412d3_b.jpg" width="1024" height="576" alt="gravel bike tour 7/11"></a>
    blam!

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    Heres my 20lb CC which will soon be 18-19lbs
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    CCheck never stops to amaze me and thats why I got 2
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    stripped down about as far as it goes, right after a century ride on Saturday.


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    hey ink1373, what tires are you running there? makes my black-on-black stock CC look pretty boring!

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    mountains/coast trip

    i managed to get out for a few days of solo bike-camping through the mountains, down the coast and back. tried to keep the load on the light side. all in all a great time. this bike/build is tough.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/40010668@N06/5975216593/" title="break on the Nestucca by alang60, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6129/5975216593_cec2e0f4b5_m.jpg" width="180" height="240" alt="break on the Nestucca"></a>
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/40010668@N06/5975776106/" title="a look at the front end by alang60, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6143/5975776106_e95edcd0a2_m.jpg" width="240" height="180" alt="a look at the front end"></a>
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/40010668@N06/5975769232/" title="car-free gravel by alang60, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6021/5975769232_ce0b51d82c_m.jpg" width="240" height="180" alt="car-free gravel "></a>
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/40010668@N06/5975948760/" title="Center for snacks, information, and controls. by alang60, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6136/5975948760_09780eb960_m.jpg" width="179" height="240" alt="Center for snacks, information, and controls."></a>
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/40010668@N06/5975775936/" title="small horse, big....um...you know by alang60, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6149/5975775936_fcf7c3d5ac_m.jpg" width="240" height="180" alt="small horse, big....um...you know"></a>

    check out the route, stats, and mapped photos here: http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=1207127
    and the flickr set here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/4001066...7627280366528/

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    I need another damn bike. I know the CC is versatile, but after the ride I did this past weekend, I need gears if I am going to do that more often. Looking at building up a wheel w/ freehub for the CC, and slapping that on plus a derailer and shifter for when I feel the need for gears, makes me think more about just getting another bike entirely*. Could be a Pacer or a Soma ES, but I have a hard time affording much of anything other than what a pawnshop or thrift store might have. But this is high season for those places to be drained dry of anything worthwhile. Sigh...



    * 'cause I'd rather leave my 'check SS/FG
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