|Three Surly amigos.|
I've always thought of the Cross-Check as being the chameleon of bikes, able to do just about anything and to adapt to changing surroundings at will. Depending on the components it has worn, mine has spent portions of its life as a cross bike, a road bike, a mustachioed ersatz Rivendell, a svelte-tired 29er mountain bike, and a few other iterations in between. Taking a look at the differences and similarities of our three Cross-Checks and their individualized builds further supports the chameleon hypothesis.
My Cross-Check still rides like new, and whenever I revamp the components or shuffle between gearing formats, I get a new bike all over again. For a bike addict, that could just about be the perfect situation. Now if only I could figure out a way to run the recently announced 4.5 inch Surly Big Fat Larry tires on my Cross-Check, I could stop daydreaming about adding another bike to the ranch.
Upon my return home, I took out my other Surly for a ride, carrying the whole family with me on the Big Dummy.
|This unusual point of view was afforded by the rear-most rider.|
|My co-pilots on the Big Dummy for the evening.|
|Self portrait by Goldilocks.|
|This captures the mood after a circuit on the dirt trail.|