In the world of cycling touring, Surly is a well known n trusted name, specially LHT (Long Haul Trucker) brand. Two years back when I bought my Swinn MTB, I didn’t knew how to ride. And now just a week before I got my new bike ‘Surly Cross Check’, a versatile to-do-all kind of bike.
My inclination towards drop bars, fat tires and week long tour brought me to this bike. Though LHT is a natural choice of all the tourists out there but I wanted some flexibility and on top of it cross country wasn’t possible.
Then on month of June I came to know that Surly bikes are available here now. Contacted the guy, who runs a warehouse in Bangalore and authorised distributor of Surly bikes. Went there, booked black X check for myself. It was a costly affair but bike looked more promising.
About two weeks of waiting and there it was, the beauty, at The Bikes Affair (TBA) Hyderabad. After two days of hearing the news that bike has reached, reached store just to hear ‘it’s a size big for you’. I was like confused, came home without bike.
Some brainstorming, talk here n there and finally decided to go for it. Again went TBA and confirmed. All the guys at store were really nice, passionate bikers, has a good knowledge about bikes and a great store too. Rode back home, this was the first time on drops, definitely excitement was there, felt good.
First look, resting at trainer for testing & sizing.
After the full set-up, resting @ my room.