I finished up the North Shore Century and the Apple Cider Century on the Serotta with the triple crank... and wow... it makes it so much nicer to ride. Hills are no longer as scary, and the smoothness of the 11 speed is just amazing.

Earlier this year while still living in China I picked up a used Surly Crosscheck frame from a member of the Paceline Forum. He packaged it with a pair of DT Swiss rims laced to XTR hubs. So that, plus all the other old parts left in the shop were used to build the Crosscheck. Originally I had wanted to take it to Beijing and the Ultegra groupset that is on it now makes it a great urban rider. With the fenders, and stealthy look it is perfect for that city. Beijing is an urban rider's paradise, but you need to keep the bike low profile to avoid thieves. The Surly already had all of the decals removed, and that, plus its scuffed up condition makes it look like just another bike.

Surly Crosscheck

Those Velo Orange fenders really make it look sweet though, and I love them. Riding through/over anything is not a problem, but at 31.8 lbs (14.42 kg) it is a weighty bike. I did 55 miles along the Fox River last week and at the end I could really feel it.

Surly Crosscheck