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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.

    Here's a pic to keep from derailing the thread.
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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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    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.
    I'm covered in beer.

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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.



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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.
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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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    Hey Evandy,

    Can you post a few close up photos of your head light mount. (eg How you got around the brake cables.)
    thanks,
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    Quote Originally Posted by evandy View Post
    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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    2007 Cross Check

    I've enjoyed viewing everybody's photos, so here are a few of mine.
    Specs can be found by clicking the photos.





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    Last edited by BrennanJay; 04-08-2013 at 02:38 PM.

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    Nice looking bike, and great blog entry!
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    Thanks Two. They are both constant works in progress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjohnson View Post
    Can you post a few close up photos of your head light mount. (eg How you got around the brake cables.)
    Sure. It still needs a little bit of fiddling, but has been pretty solid so far.
    I used a 75mm M6 bolt (no hex-cap at the hardware store at this length)
    Threaded on it, in order:
    M6 Washer, Luxos B Standard Mount, M6 Washer, Stainless 1/4x1/2 spacer, M6 Washer, Fender L bracket, Fork, Nylon Locknut.

    I have a 1/4x3/4" spacer which I may use to extend things a touch, but first I need a longer bolt and my local stores only carry up to 75mm stock. So I may special order an 80mm or 90mm M6 bolt from McMaster or somewhere to finish it up. Can't decide whether to leave it as a normal bolt head, or get a hexcap.

    All of this to avoid spending $6 on the official canti-mount that Luxos makes. Peter white has it. P/N B&M475DUPB.



    And from the front:

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    neither 2013 cross check color seems capable of being accurately photographed. I sware they do this on purpose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victoria602 View Post
    I like that cement gray color. I also like the strategic placement of the front tire in the second pic
    Thanks. I like the color too. Surly calls it "Misty Mountain Gray" which always reminds me of the Zeppelin song.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrennanJay;1030j4477
    Thanks. I like the color too. Surly calls it "Misty Mountain Gray" which always reminds me of the Zeppelin song.
    I'm having a flashback.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Agwan View Post
    neither 2013 cross check color seems capable of being accurately photographed. I sware they do this on purpose.
    Some shouldn't be photographed at all like that dreadful "beef gravy brown" a few years ago. WTF were they thinking? Apologies if you own one...but ugly is as ugly dose.
    You are right about a lack of photos that depict an accurate representation for the dark dirty blue cross check. This forum is about it on the net.

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    Well, I like most of their hideous colors... and the hospital foam is growing on me...

    but honestly, I've seen the brown, robins egg and even the pacer's blue and KM's grey in person...

    somehow, every single camera ever thinks these bikes are different colors. only way to really know is to see it in person.

    Or buy black.

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    Oh wow. My cable pull is much lower, directly infront of the fork hole. I need to change mine similar to yours as that would give me many more options for mounting a light in that spot.
    thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by evandy View Post
    Sure. It still needs a little bit of fiddling, but has been pretty solid so far.
    I used a 75mm M6 bolt (no hex-cap at the hardware store at this length)
    Threaded on it, in order:
    M6 Washer, Luxos B Standard Mount, M6 Washer, Stainless 1/4x1/2 spacer, M6 Washer, Fender L bracket, Fork, Nylon Locknut.

    I have a 1/4x3/4" spacer which I may use to extend things a touch, but first I need a longer bolt and my local stores only carry up to 75mm stock. So I may special order an 80mm or 90mm M6 bolt from McMaster or somewhere to finish it up. Can't decide whether to leave it as a normal bolt head, or get a hexcap.

    All of this to avoid spending $6 on the official canti-mount that Luxos makes. Peter white has it. P/N B&M475DUPB.



    And from the front:

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    If your yoke is that low, you do have two options right now. You can get the B&M canti mount that I linked to. Alternatively, you can run the down wire directly through the center of the headlight mount.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CBUL View Post
    Some shouldn't be photographed at all like that dreadful "beef gravy brown" a few years ago. WTF were they thinking? Apologies if you own one...but ugly is as ugly dose.
    I used to think so too, but it did grow on me. It's a cool color in the flesh.

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    nice color

    Yeah I really like that color too. Its one of my favorites.

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    My frame finally arrived! Finished it today. I will cut the forktube later and install a shorter stem.

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    I like the Crosschecks in all the colors because everyone does really interesting things that make them unique.

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    And then we baked a cake made of rainbows and everyone got a hug.

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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/33936975@N00/8629434813/" title="April 005 - Copy by normbilt, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8522/8629434813_0d57a31535_z.jpg" width="640" height="388" alt="April 005 - Copy"></a>

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    Augh! now I see the hospital foam in THAT light and I am all about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Normbilt View Post
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/33936975@N00/8629434813/" title="April 005 - Copy by normbilt, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8522/8629434813_0d57a31535_z.jpg" width="640" height="388" alt="April 005 - Copy"></a>

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    A very lively color scheme. Green looks good!

    The white pulls it all together........Did I just say that??? ...............How about those Packers?

    The bike does look great! It just sounded kinda feminine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CBUL View Post
    Some shouldn't be photographed at all like that dreadful "beef gravy brown" a few years ago. WTF were they thinking? Apologies if you own one...but ugly is as ugly dose.
    You are right about a lack of photos that depict an accurate representation for the dark dirty blue cross check. This forum is about it on the net.

    In your opinion. To others it's perfect. If they were still offered I would have ordered it over the new blue.

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    Has anyone used either of the Brooks browns with the Dark Dirty Blue?

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    No, but I have used the Brooks black with the Blark Due. Looks great. Having lived with the frame for a bit, I don't see any reason that the browns wouldn't look OK too.

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    The Check on a recent bike camping trip.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/64025496@N08/8655946548/" target="blank" title="Tour Check by RoamBlog, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8105/8655946548_bfbf9774a6.jpg" width="500" height="472" alt="Tour Check"></a>

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