Seattle finally saw some sunshine today, so I thought I’d take a beauty shot, one last photo before I move out of The Great Northwest. (Still, I should have washed it first.)
This is my Surly Cross Check rebuilt with nearly entirely Velo Orange components and accessories: racks (only one is on right now), handlebars, headset, stem, crank, bottom bracket, fenders, brakes, seatpost, and bottle cage. The only stock parts are the frame, brake levers, and seat clamp.
If anyone ever wondered, yes, you can fit 35’s on a Cross Check with fenders. These are kevlar Panaracer Pasela Tourguards under VO’s hammered 45mm fenders. They look like 650B’s, don’t they? This setup really helps smooth out Seattle’s patented street cracks, which are doubly bad in Queen Anne.
Everywhere I go, people compliment the bike. I was heading to Portland one morning before light last week, and even in the dark a man leaving the ferry yelled out, “Nice bike. What is it?” While it’s a little embarrassing, the extra attention from motorists is great; and the chrome helps. In fact, everything on this is serves a practical purpose, nothing is just for the style. It’s an example of what Ferdinand Porsche referred to as form following function.
And speaking of Porsche, I traded in my 356 for this and haven’t looked back. I feel much more connected this bike than any car I’ve owned. You could say having a really great bike instead of a car is more like owning a horse rather than an appliance.
And the places we’ve been! I’ve done two multi-week tours with this bike, once from San Francisco to Seattle, and the other was documented here last summer, through Vancouver BC. I’m about to start another, shorter tour on Oahu where I’ll be moving next week. If everything works out, I’ll be heading to New Zealand’s south island this spring for another long one before coming back to Hawaii to pair up with a friend from the Peace Corps for a ride around the Big Island.