The upgrades include:
Surly 1X1 for
Problem Solvers 37mm - 34mm reducers (so a regular 1 1/8 threadless headset would work)
Race Face Atlas bar
Hot Pink Oury Grips
Hot Pink brake cable housing
2.35" Schwalbe Big Apple tires
Electric Blue skewers
Crank Bro. pedals (from my garage)
Ritchey Seatpost (from my garage)
Avid rear V-Brake (from my garage)
Colorful odds and ends
I did my normal road loop, which is a 25 mile go-around inflating my Big Apples to only 32psi. I know that sounds CRAZY, but these tires truly work perfect and roll fast at this pressure. They also soak up any bumps and lumps in the road and work on dirt paths very well.
I was incredibly surprised on how well this bike pedalled and I think I have a new favorite urban bike - even more than my Surly Pacer. In fact, the goal is to ride this tank on one of the big social road rides next year just for shits and giggles.
This bike was just fun to ride and it hops curbs and handles the urban wasteland just great. I also think I have a guilty pleasure riding it with the Hot Pink grips.
BTW, I did a LONG trackstand at a light in front of some fixie kids. Little do they know what tricks this old man in lycra has under his sleeve.