The Cross Check is finished, and now has a few miles on it. Definitely what I have been looking for, even though I despise road riding. Hoping this bike breaks that mentality. Overall, the build was somewhat of a budget build utilizing my fixed gear for a good chunk of the parts. Here’s the parts breakdown:
-54 Cross Check frame
-Chris King headset, bicycle jewelry for sure. Is it necessary? Nope. Does it look good and will it last as long as the frame or longer? You bet.
-Wheelset from my fixed gear. This was entertaining to say the least. Little did I know that track hubs are spaced at 120mm instead of 130mm that road hubs are. Luckily, I had enough axle length to add simple spacers to reach 130mm. I do want to buy a different wheelset sooner rather than later though, but for now this works.
-Crank, stem, handlebars from my fixed gear as well. All of these will be replaced at some point. Would love to do a fancy White Industries or Paul Components crankset at some point. Bars will be swapped soon for either a Soma Sparrow or Surly Open bar.
-Avid single digit brakes. No frills V Brake. Old parts bin Avid brake levers. They work. I hate how they feel though.
-Brooks B17 because Brooks.
My plan is to run this as a single speed for probably this season, then add gears as a 1×10, with a thumb shifter and run it friction. I also want to pick up a front rack to mount my Wald basket at times, but that will probably wait until I add gears. Overall, I am incredibly happy with how this turned out, especially since it materialized very quickly and also on a whim!