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IT'S DONE! My idea of the ultimate winter commuting bicycle

Posted Oct 31 2010 12:32pm
There it is. I think it's done. I've had a short test ride, a longer one as soon as I'm done with this. Since this is no longer a stock Surly Cross Check ....I took the liberty of re-naming it
From here on out it will be referred to as the Belt Check.

I've put a lot of thought into what I'd build, if I built my idea of the ultimate winter commuting bike suited to my likes and needs.
A Gates Carbon Belt Drive . The frame was modified to accept the belt.

I've been using an internally geared hub for three winters now. There happened to be a Gates pulley available for the Nexus hub.
Paul Components Touring Canti's . A brilliantly designed cantilever brake with a sealed, stainless steel pivot design. It goes all winter in the saltiest, sloppiest, messiest conditions. The brake arms never get sticky. An annoying winter problem with the other canti brakes I've used in the winter. Schwalbe Marathon Winter studded tires, 700 x 40c. Very few road oriented frames can accept this large of tire with room for fenders.
Civia Hyland rear rack . Velo ORANGE 52mm Zeppelin Fenders . Enough room for the wide tires.

Personalized by me, for me. I'll write more over the next few weeks. I'll try to explain why I think this is a great winter commuting bicycle based on my needs riding all winter long in Northeastern Minnesota.

What do you think?
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