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Old 10-03-11, 05:46 PM   #1
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Video: SCCA/Starbucks GP (MFG CX #3)

The usual: I ride around in a bumpy farm field full of elk and cow poo with 80 other old guys in funny clothes. Keep the volume down at work, I swear a few times and my brakes squeal something fierce the whole race.

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That looks like fun!
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That looks like fun!
Cross racing is insanely fun, albeit ridiculously painful. BikeSnobNYC has 2 great descriptions of CX racing:

1) It's the exact opposite of sex. It hurts if you're doing it right, and it's only fun before and after.
2) It's like freebasing cycling: It's very intense for a short period of time, and distills every element of cycling into one.

The real fun of cx racing is just being at the races. Tons of people show up just to watch because the course is short and wraps around so you can see most of the action with just a 100 yard walk from the beer tent. There's a beer tent. Heck, there's beer at a lot of the team tents, too. One of our sponsors is a brewery and we get free beer. (Thank you Fremont Brewing Co.!) While cx racing can be serious, especially at nationals/worlds level or the Cat-1/2 races (we're all actually serious about riding hard and doing well), the event isn't a serious atmosphere. There's a lot of goofy crap that goes on at the events. Seattle Cancer Care Alliance was a sponsor (National Breast Cancer Awareness Month), and the guys on the Hodala! (Raleigh Bicycles) team wore pink dresses over their kit for the singlespeed race. You can see one of the SCCA guys in the pink armwarmers and handlebar streamers in my video.
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Cross racing is something I would love to watch but not do. The exact opposite of sex, to continue your metaphor
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I want to do CX next year
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<--- Would love to try that as well!!
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Cross racing is something I would love to watch but not do. The exact opposite of sex, to continue your metaphor
+1. I did enough suffering in 1993 when I did some mtb racing. As soon as I had to upgrade, it turned into the kind of sufferfest I don't like. Now I suffer on my own terms!

Great video, as always! I was going to suggest adjusting your brakes so they're toed-in slightly to eliminate the squeal, but then I read the credits. Now I know what brand of brake pads not to get!
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Great video, as always! I was going to suggest adjusting your brakes so they're toed-in slightly to eliminate the squeal, but then I read the credits. Now I know what brand of brake pads not to get!
The squeal is a combo of needing adjustment and some glazing on the rims. I hadn't hit up the rims with a scrubbie since the double-race weekend and there was some serious grind-paste that went on that weekend. Took those pads down to dead flat and I haven't adjusted them, and then some heat glazing of the pads from the last lap segment after the sand. It's noisier than running a damp finger across tight pleather.
They're not usually *so* noisy, just the usual high straddle chatter.
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The squeal is a combo of needing adjustment and some glazing on the rims. I hadn't hit up the rims with a scrubbie since the double-race weekend and there was some serious grind-paste that went on that weekend. Took those pads down to dead flat and I haven't adjusted them, and then some heat glazing of the pads from the last lap segment after the sand. It's noisier than running a damp finger across tight pleather.
They're not usually *so* noisy, just the usual high straddle chatter.
Yeah, racing is really hard on components. The first mtb race I did in February 1993 was on a very muddy course, complete with cow pies. When I measured my chain after that race, it was stretched and needed to be replaced. It was worth it though, as I got 3rd place.
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I came to this thread expecting to see a bunch of Microsofties standing around a parking lot full of traffic cones sipping coffee leaning against their tuned Miatas.


Boy was i disappointed to see an old dude on a cross bike.
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I came to this thread expecting to see a bunch of Microsofties standing around a parking lot full of traffic cones sipping coffee leaning against their tuned Miatas.


Boy was i disappointed to see an old dude on a cross bike.


The SCCA in this case is the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.
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Yeah, racing is really hard on components. The first mtb race I did in February 1993 was on a very muddy course, complete with cow pies. When I measured my chain after that race, it was stretched and needed to be replaced. It was worth it though, as I got 3rd place.
I'm sure you saw my teammate Chris hauling his busted whip off the course before 2 minutes had gone by. If you look closely, you can see his chain dragging behind him; he snapped it about 1m 45s into the race.

That's part of the reason why I'm persistent mid-pack fodder: I'm the singlespeed guy in a start wave full of gearheads. There's less stuff to break on a singlespeed. No derailleurs to jam up in the freezing mud or catch on a stray stick. No worrying if I'm in the "wrong gear" coming out of a turn or up to a runup. Plus, I roll 1/8" for all my equipment, so it's a little bit more robust against the abuse. Just jump on and go. The brakes, however, aren't quite as hype. I am considering going with discs for next season, based on stopping power; but from all that I've seen (and heard!) they're just as noisy as cantis when wet.

The only place I find myself at a disadvantage with the singlespeed drivetrain is the paved or hardpack straights where I sometimes get outsprinted by the gearies.
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I'm sure you saw my teammate Chris hauling his busted whip off the course before 2 minutes had gone by. If you look closely, you can see his chain dragging behind him; he snapped it about 1m 45s into the race.

That's part of the reason why I'm persistent mid-pack fodder: I'm the singlespeed guy in a start wave full of gearheads. There's less stuff to break on a singlespeed. No derailleurs to jam up in the freezing mud or catch on a stray stick. No worrying if I'm in the "wrong gear" coming out of a turn or up to a runup. Plus, I roll 1/8" for all my equipment, so it's a little bit more robust against the abuse. Just jump on and go. The brakes, however, aren't quite as hype. I am considering going with discs for next season, based on stopping power; but from all that I've seen (and heard!) they're just as noisy as cantis when wet.

The only place I find myself at a disadvantage with the singlespeed drivetrain is the paved or hardpack straights where I sometimes get outsprinted by the gearies.
I remember someone snapping a chain in that muddy mtb race I mentioned too. A few months later during a much drier race, I saw another woman riding a single-speed mtb. Because of the steep climbs, the gears gave me the advantage and I beat her (got second place too). When she showed up on a regular mtb for the next race she was faster than me (I think, been a while so memory's foggy).

I give props to anyone who can race a singlespeed on a cross country mtb course, with all that climbing!

I just wish they had cameras like the Contour back then. I would love to relive those days!
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The SCCA in this case is the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.


I know that, i just figured i would be "that guy".
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