I recently got back into cycling after a long hiatus. Like... 20 years. Once I turned 16, cars ruled my world. Now at 35 (and a few months) I've caught the bug again. I have this nagging urge to try 'cross though. It just seems like what I want to do and is inexorably drawing me in. The problem though is finding a good starter bike.
I like the looks of the Surly CC, but I've heard it's more of a commuter than a true cx bike. Of course, I'll likely be using it in a non-cx fashion at least 50% of the time. Kona also has some nice bikes. Jake the Snake looks like an awesome entry level bike and I almost bought one but got outbid on ebay for it. Any suggestions on where to start? I figure there are probably some options I haven't come across yet.
It might even be more advisable to just assemble a bike myself. Even in that case though I'd need some guidance on a good frame, etc.