Well, I’ve finally got her. My new Surly Cross-Check. The guys at the shop were awesome, really helpful.
And the bike’s a dream to ride. So comfortable. Fits me perfectly.
So without further ado:
She’s puuuurty. 😀
Future modifications will include front and rear fenders, a rear rack with panniers, and possibly upgrading the drive train. Also some brake levers on the flats.
I may also switch out the bar end shifters for some brifters, but I’ll give that time. The bar ends aren’t as big a switch as I thought they’d be, and I kind of like the retro-look of them, but at the same time, braking and downshifting is a lot smoother and more intuitive with brifters, so we’ll just have to see how I’m feeling after a couple weeks/months/when my bank balance recovers.