No…not for me.
My wife has been less than satisfied, for several reasons, with her old single-speed commuter, a heavily modified Raleigh One-Way. A couple of weeks ago, I was trawling eBay for something else, when I ran across a very good deal on a new-in-box Surly Cross Check SS complete.
So I pulled the trigger, and then reset the Fedex shipping dates so that it arrived when she was out of town for a few days. I figure it’s much more impressive to see your new, surprise bike already built up, instead of in a big cardboard box.
When she came home on Sunday, she was definitely surprised.
I kept most of the stock setup, but did make a few changes based on what I know here preferences to be.
- Brooks B17 (from her One-Way) instead of the generic ass-hatchet spec’d by Surly.
- VP-001 pedals (none included).
- Jones 660mm Bend Bar, Paul brake levers, and ESI chunky grips instead of the Salsa Bend 2 bars, Avid FR5 levers, and generic rubber grips.
- SKS Longboard fenders, because most bikes should have fenders. Especially commuter bikes.
- Custom rear light mount for the non-drive-side dropout braze-on.
- Paul Gino light mount for the left fork crown braze-on.
Everything else, we left stock. Some kind of rack–probably a black porteur–will come later.
Happy new bike day.
And now, unlike me, she’s hoping that winter doesn’t come for a while, so that she can ride it as much as possible before the ice and snow and road salt force us to put it away.