Most bicycle enthusiasts I know are continually on the hunt for the perfect bicycle. Since every bicyclist is different than the next bicyclist, and every mile is different than the last mile, the quest for universal perfection is, by definition, in vain. I am lucky to ride many different bicycles, and on a surprisingly infrequent basis, I find one that hits most of the right notes, most of the time. Such is the case with the Surly Cross-Check. When I saw the 2011 model had this swanky Robin-egg blue color, and mid-fork rack braze-ons, I quickly scrounged up the dough to get one off the first shipment. I put parts from my old fixed-gear on it, along with a few new bits, and here is the result.