I'm really losing patience with my new Cross Check build. It seems like I keep running into little issues that keep this thing off the road.

Last night I put on the new bars, shifters and some cable routing. The cable routing bosses were one of those things that were a bit of an oddity. Surly makes the Cross Check to either run down tube shifters or route your cable from this point. Of course, I didn't have the part and had to order it off the internet.

Last night I thought I had everything I needed, but I was wrong. I had a brand new set of cables from another bike that I was going to use. Didn't fit. Too short. I went to the slightly used set... didn't fit. Too short.
I think the reach on the H-Bars may be a bit more than most. I was short just about three inches on both cable sets. (By the way, that's an old rug I put down when I work on bikes. My wife would not like it if I led people to believe our carpet was that stained :))

So I'm still plugging away. I need to run to the bike shop for some cables and then I should have this thing on the road. I love the look and feel of the H-Bars so far. I can't wait to actually ride this thing.

Get out there... whenever you get your bike finished.


  1. The H-bar does look awesome. I'm anxious to read how the bike rides with it. It seems like most people put those on mountain bikes, not 'cross bikes, so this should be interesting.

  2. @ Apertome - The jury is still out on whether or not these bars will eventually land on the Xtracycle or not. I figured this will be the best way to get a feel for them since I'm anticipating riding this bike a lot... perhaps the most. If the H-Bars went to the Xtra, I may put drops on here.