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Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like :The Dirty Kanza". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

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Old 09-21-05, 02:08 PM   #1
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I put in an order for Vreds the other day and they got there YESTERDAY as I was about to go out on a cross ride.

Their cheap prices and damned shipping efficiency forced me to delay my ride until I could put on the new skins.
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Old 09-21-05, 05:59 PM   #2
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yeah, i had problems too. they sold me a track bike on ebay for 260 bucks, i had to ride it around for a few months and missed a lot of good tv shows. in the end i sold it for a profit.
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people actually go on cross rides? i was unaware of this..doesnt happen around here...its seems the CX bikes are pulled out for the races and thats it
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Old 09-22-05, 08:21 AM   #4
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And therein lies the rub. Cyclocross has sort of the repuatation of being a race instead of a type of riding.

Let's remember the roots of all of this. It was meant to be nothing more than riding in the winter time over whatever paths and trails were available. Racers wanted to maintain their fitness over the winter but normal riders wanted to have fun.

That fun is what I've discovered to be a lot more satisfying in the winter than riding the road bike in the cold.

For instance, the reason I put a triple on my cross bike is so I can take off on what used to be mountain bike trails but now are entirely too tame for mountain bike riders. My Santa Cruz Superlight is just so sophisticated and rides so smoothly that unless you're riding over terrain that would terrify a Trials Rider it seems like tremendous overkill. Since it requires almost no skill to ride through most places it isn't much fun and it also isn't nearly the exercise as riding a cross bike over the same stuff.

Now I can start in Boulder Creek outside of Santa Cruz and ride up to Empire Grade and then take a couple of side trails that eventually lead into Big Basin park, down to Highway 1 and back to Santa Cruz where we can eat pub food and get woozy in one of the microbreweries until Jensen's wife picks us up and berates me for taking advantage of Jensen's trusting nature.

I've discovered that if I pick a place where they sell Champaign as well that she quiets down really rapidly with a glass of good Champaign.

So you can see that 'Cross riding exercises your muscles, your stomach AND your mind.

What other bicycling is so complete?
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Old 09-22-05, 08:26 AM   #5
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Mebee you means cham-pagn-ya?

Champagne is wonderful for cycling. In the hot, in the cold--nothing better than a stop for some bubbly--and the resultant belching when the ride resumes.
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I've been thinknig lately I should pull and eddy merckx and start filling my H2O bottles with bubbly....maybe itll help me win le tour?
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Champaign - Champagne - after all that beer who can remember?
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My cyclocross bike is my year rounder bike. The commute, the odd duathlon in summer, hacking around town, & racing (this Sunday!!!!)
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