Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking - What do you leave in the pits?
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09-25-06, 04:22 PM
I just DNF'd the first CX race of the season here due to a damnable pinch flat. I wish i had a spare set of wheels, but barring some ultra-super-bargain score that won't be happening anytime soon.
The thing that really irks me is that i'm in the "C"s (What it that now? Cat. 4?) and really just want to race. If i can even get ONE MORE lap out of my entry fee, i want it.
What's to be done? Anyone know of some obscure rule forbidding me leaving a spare tube, tire levers and a floor pump in the pits instead of spare wheels?
What do you guys do?
there's really no time to change a tube in a cx race. even if u are SUPER fast that would be a pain to do...esp w/yer heart rate at the redline. most ppl will leave a wheelset or another bike..obviously, another bike is best/fastest. this past weekend i flatted right after the pit, so i had to ride an entire lap on a flat tire...when i finally got to the pit and changed my wheel i was WAY behind. usualy i bring another bike but couldnt fit it for this trip.
as far as the racing thing....i hear you. its a bummer to flat and then have to go home, especially if you drove a ways to get there. one solution is to race 2wice. i do this pretty often and find that i usually do better in the 2nd race -- even though its a more competitive field (b's). usually during the first race im suffering and saying...there's no f-ing way im racing again...but then about 2 min after its over i'mlike HELL YEAH i'm racing again!
09-25-06, 05:07 PM
Surely a tube is part of a wheel? You could leave 2 fully inflated tubes in there and tell em you couldn't afford the rest!
09-25-06, 06:06 PM
If you flat and have no spare wheels you're pretty much f'd. At that point I would try and do just about anything to stay in th race. Ask for wheels from people. You might get luck and have someone loan you a wheel for the race. Go back to your car and change the tube. You're already f'd in placing, so if you get dq'd so be it. A few more laps is a few more laps. Here in norcal is $10 to do a second race. ;)
09-25-06, 06:27 PM
I broke a stem on the first lap of a race last year and all I had was pit wheels. I usually bring an old school mountain bike to leave in the pit but UCI races do not allow mountain bikes. Even if getting good results after a mishap is impossible it sucks to at least not be able to have fun riding the course that you paid to ride on. Pluse as was in my case it was a series race such that you had to finish so many races in the series and I got a DNF and was ousted from the series results.
It's best to at least have wheels in the pit, better if it's a full bike. Throwing tubes and a pump in there will at least get you to have fun with a few more laps.
Tubular wheels will eliminate pinch flats so if you get a set of tubulars then your clincher set makes a great pit wheel set.
09-26-06, 12:10 PM
Ah. I hadn't considered leaving my mountain bike in the pits. Last season was my first in cross and that's what i rode. (I even scored some narrow, shallow tread knobbies for it.)
The only UCI race around here is the one USGP and i race C's anyway so i don't think that'll be a problem.
That's what i'll do. Can't believe that i didn't think of that! Duh!
After all-- an extra lap or two in infinitely better than sitting out.
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