Friday, October 27, 2006

Das bike.

Well, here it is. It doesn't have a name yet, but then I'm not one for naming my bikes. It seems solid and reliable enough, but we shall see. It certainly held its own in a high speed all-in commuter race along Footscray Road last night, even though I couldn't get the chain up into the top chainring.

It's a lot lighter than my other bike, so it's a bit easier to push up the hills and the new wheels roll rather well. Not having the dynohub will be a bit of a pain, but I'll see if I can't fix that up fairly quickly, because I'm going to need good lights in the next couple of months.


ken nielsen said...

Any other comparisons between this and the LHT?
I've got a Trucker and am just curious.

David Killick said...

It's a little hard to compare the two - my trucker was a 26" wheel, this is 700c. That said, the two are similarly comfortable steel tourers. There's probably more similarities than differences. The ride is similar, although I find the Cross Check slightly easier to ride hands-free. It also seems a little lighter.

The LHT has a few more braze-ons, some of which which I miss. The third set of bottle mounts are missing from the Cross Check, as are the pannier mounts on the front fork. I'll probably end up getting a set of forks made with pannier braze-ons. I think I'm going to be very happy with it, as I was with the LHT.