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Well, after much teeth-gnashing, hand-wringing, and advice-seeking (thanks to all on these boards who responded to my SS and 29er inquiries, especially Walt), I've decided to get a Surly. Not a 29er, not a singlespeed, not a road bike, not a mountain bike, but sort of all of these at once: a Steamroller fixed with 'cross tires, mungo bars, Brooks saddle, and toeclips.

I decided that I'm just not the mountain biker I used to be, at least not to the degree where I could justify buying a new dedicated mountain bike. I'm now a daily commuter, and even my 50 weekend miles are paved, with the occasional excursion down a fairly well-groomed trail. I got bit hard by the fixie bug about 5 years ago, and just can't bring myself to lay out money for a new bike that coasts.

After talking with other Surly owners (as well as the company itself), it came down to either the Crosscheck or the Steamroller. The Crosscheck only lost out because of the derailleur hanger and cable stops and rear brake mounts, all of which I will never use. (And if I decide to later, well, that's a good reason for a new bike!)

So here we go with a neuvo-retro, on/offroad, 700c, singlefixed rigid steel cruising vessel. I'm sure I'll be putting my Bianchi Pista up on the auction block once the new Surly arrives, and I'll put some pics up when it's complete. Glad to see that there's a forum in which to post them now! :D
 

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Fixintogo said:
After talking with other Surly owners (as well as the company itself), it came down to either the Crosscheck or the Steamroller. The Crosscheck only lost out because of the derailleur hanger and cable stops and rear brake mounts, all of which I will never use. (And if I decide to later, well, that's a good reason for a new bike!)
I went through the same thing a while ago: I went with a XCheck and fixed it with a 38:17 combo. I love it!!! The Steamer is sweet as hell too... you're going to be stoked!
-DUB

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l-dub1 said:
I went through the same thing a while ago: I went with a XCheck and fixed it with a 38:17 combo. I love it!!! The Steamer is sweet as hell too... you're going to be stoked!
-DUB

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Thanks -- I can't wait! From your pic it looks like your Crosscheck sees some real off-road use -- how do you like the handling? Do you ever tackle singletrack fixed?
 

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Singletrack???

Fixintogo said:
Do you ever tackle singletrack fixed?
Oh yeah, I rode a great two hour ride on some nice Mid-Atlantic single track this morning with another fixed gear cohort. The handling on the XC is great IMO and I've had a blast riding it off-road, on-road, and everywhere in between. I wanted to try, keyword there, to have one bike to do it all and the Cross-Check seemed like the way to go. Well, I've had it for a while now and my other bikes are collecting dust for the time being. I love it!!! If you haven't ridden off-road fixie yet you have to give it a go when your 'Roller arrives; it's a real blast. Al of my current rides are from home: out the door, to the woods, or group ride, whatever. The fixed Surly's are perfect for this!
 

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How much?

I have just gotten into winter riding and was wondering how much the Pugsleys cost fully built for winter riding. I realize that people chose different builds, but I would just like to get a feel for how much they cost.
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I have just gotten into winter riding and was wondering how much the Pugsleys cost fully built for winter riding. I realize that people chose different builds, but I would just like to get a feel for how much they cost.
Trix
A Pugsley won't ever be dirt cheap to build with the rims and tires being pretty spendy but you don't have to break the bank. Mine is costing just over 1400 to build with me supplying a few things I already had. I didn't use any real pimpy parts in the build but everything used is solid and reliable with no junk. It should be ready this week!
 

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l-dub1 said:
All of my current rides are from home: out the door, to the woods, or group ride, whatever. The fixed Surly's are perfect for this!
Yeah, that's the goal -- one man, one bike, one gear. Thanks for sharing your enthusiasm!
 
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