I got back into cycling with a spur of the moment purchase of a Specialized Globe Vienna “hybrid” bike (I don’t like the term “hybrid”, doesn’t actually describe much.) Very quickly I started to get an idea of what I really wanted. The Globe wasn’t bad at all, but the aluminium frame gave a really harsh ride, even on relatively fat tyres. After a fair amount of research I got a Surly Cross Check from the wonderful Brixton Cycles. I also have a Brompton for town commuting - I work in London quite a bit and very rarely take the tube any more.
Some time later and now properly bitten by the bug, I started looked at second hand steel road frames with the intention of building a fast road bike to complement the Surly, but really wasn’t too sure how appropriate it would be when in fact probably only 50% of my riding is on roads, with the rest a mixture of paths and trails. I’ve also always wanted to build a three speed and thought about doing a conversion from an off the peg single speed (Jamis Sputnik or Fuji Feather), that would resemble something like a Cooper Zandvoort or Traitor Luggernaut.
In the end I have decided to have one bike that would be the “do it all” bike, I have chosen pretty much every component and the build should be complete by the end of October 2011.
Here’s the choices and some of my reasoning …