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The Surly is here! The Surly is here!(7 posts)

The Surly is here! The Surly is here!verslowrdr
Jul 17, 2001 9:51 PM
Oh, glory be, the Surly arrived and was ransomed from the LBS for only a small fortune this afternoon... AFTER all the guys in the shop fondled it (LITERALLY), and at least one wrench swears he'll get one when he sells his car. :) In fact, they're thinking about making room for a few Crosschecks on the floor in the near future.

My only changes were to put a 30/42/52 on the front, making it much more useful in the vertical world I live in. Beleive it or not, I think the stock saddle is going to work- NOT what I expected, but the LBS suggests it was shipped w/ a usable seat because the guys at Surly "actually ride bikes". LOL!

The ride: way sweeter than I could have imagined. I was ready for the harsh bouncing and squirrly handling my husband's road bike delivers in gravel and potholes, but this thing just ate it up and asked for more speed. Didn't do to badly on the road either, especially when I tried a few sprints.

Probably the only change I'll make is narrower bars, but I really like the feel of the Salsa Bell Laps, so I'll try to just get a narrower set of the same.

I've got only one more day before I go back to the working world- tomorrow should be fun. :)

Can you tell I'm excited?
re: The Surly is here! The Surly is here!xjeffx
Jul 23, 2001 12:55 PM
Glad you are excited! I got mine recently too. This past Friday in fact. Got several complements right out the door at the LBS.

No complaints really. Rides a lot better than my poopy butt road bike ('95 LeTour - 2 sizes too big)which has since been destroyed.

One thing...The front derailleur is kind of sticky and I have trouble shifting into the big ring smoothly. Are Dura-Ace derailleurs better than Tiagara derailleurs?

This is definitely a great bike and pretty darn good right out of the shop, stock.
re: derailleurverslowrdr
Jul 23, 2001 5:16 PM
I haven't had any problems at all shifting, but then again they changed things around w/ the triple.

BTW I did a 50 mile road ride this Saturday down the Yakima canyon- BEAUTIFUL. The wider tires made some of the gravelly narrow sections a little less frightening, but I didn't seem to have a problem keeping up w/ husband except on long smooth downhills. I caught up with him on the flats and climbs, however. :)
where in ft. collins did you get it?zzz
Aug 1, 2001 1:30 PM
thinking about getting one myself
???ft. collins???verslowrdr
Aug 1, 2001 6:15 PM
Dunno where you came up w/ Fort Collins, but my LBS is in Ellensburg, Wa.

Any LBS that has the QBP catalog can order it.
xjeffx just picked up his xcheck alsozzz
Aug 1, 2001 9:55 PM
and I believe he is in ft.c just an educated guess.

ellensburg seems like a cool place. i bet there is great riding there. is there much there besides central for employment?
<sigh> ah, employment....verslowrdr
Aug 2, 2001 5:51 PM
Or UN- employment, as it were. I just saw the other day that Washington has one of the highest unemployment rates in the US.

Yes, it's hard to find work here, and when you do it typically doesn't pay anything like it would in Seattle. And while housing is less expensive than Seattle per se, it's still outragous about anywhere in the state. When higher priced goods and heating through the winter is included, well... you can see that the truely "lifestyle dedicated" live here.

But there is a lot of outstanding riding in the area.