Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking - Tracklocross Rigs?
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03-07-11, 07:26 PM
Wondering if any of you cyclocross guys ride fixed gear and/or frames with track geometry. I recently put some cross tires on my track bike in an effort to make it more versatile, but I've never ridden on a cyclocross track. Any of you guys do this same thing in races with any degree of success?
03-08-11, 03:30 AM
A few weeks ago, I did some singletrack with my Cinelli:
After I flipped the stem to positive angle, the driving position was almost the same as in my fixed Tricross, and Vigorelli has quite slack angles for a track frame too. 48/20 gearing was a "little" bit steep, but in theory, the Vigorellocross should have worked. In practice...well, at least it was lighter to carry on my shoulder than the Tricross. In snow-packed bike lanes it was positively fast, though.
03-08-11, 05:57 AM
There should be some relevant stuff here:
I've ridden single speed offroad but not fixed. And even that experience taught me that those weird and oversize handlebars single/fixed riders play with are not an affectation - the extra leverage for stability when in the "wrong" gear is extremely useful.
03-10-11, 11:59 AM
I have taken my urban uno with and put cross tires on it taken on one of the local cross courses when nobody else was there and ran a few laps ss and a few laps fixed. It was really fun and did much better than I thought. I really like the feedback fixed provided in the mud, though I could never get a smooth dismount down I am sure it is possible but I just couldn't get it down. Would I race it ss or fixed sure only reason I haven't tried is I don't drive so only one bike goes to the race and I have taken my geared bike.
I have also taken the same bike on the mtb trails fixed this went bad enough that I will not attempt this again.
03-10-11, 12:12 PM
AFAIK there's no rule against using a fixed gear but the USAC rules (and common sense) require brakes front and rear.
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