I've been scoping out the Mid-Atlantic race calendar and am planning to give cross racing a shot this year, but here's my thing. I only have one suitable bike- a Kona Jake (also have a pig-heavy SS MTB). I use this bike to commute to work 4+ days a week, then road and trail rides & errands on the weekends. As such, I don't consider it a toy/leisure equipment- it's more like half-toy, half-transport.
I'm curious as to what kind of wear and tear I can expect cx races to put on my bike, and some suggestions. If I could scare up the cash, I'd love to get an SS like a San Jose, Tricross, IRO, etc. but I doubt that's happening this fall. (I’m in the middle of trying to move, which would put me 10 miles from work rather than 6.5, yet another reason to need to keep my bike in good condition.)
Should I just accept that racing might cost me some cash and get a 2nd wheelset? Buy an old beater road bike and try to convert it a little bit to race on, etc.? Learn to true my own wheels and plan on spending my Sunday nights doing that?
Curious to hear people's thoughts.