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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 11-18-05, 07:10 PM   #1
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another newbie, rules for bikes....

ok, im new to this... are there any rules? why couldnt i just have a mounatin bike?
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Old 11-18-05, 10:22 PM   #2
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ok, im new to this... are there any rules? why couldnt i just have a mounatin bike?
You can, no bar ends allowed though.
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Old 11-20-05, 06:24 PM   #3
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why couldnt i just have a mounatin bike?
cause that would be dumb
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ah, yes... dumb... so, then why dosent everybody use mountain bikes?

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well a cyclocross bike would give you an advantage
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an advantage of what?
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an advantage of what?
I know I will miss some things, so others please feel free to jump in.

One difference is the gearing. Mountain bikes generally have lower gearing than 'cross bikes. The gearing on a 'cross bike is inbetween a mountain bike and a road bike. Most of the time, one won't need the granny gears of a mountain bike.

Other differences: less rolling resistance of the tires since they are narrower, lower bike weight, and the riding postion help provide "an advantage."
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I know I will miss some things, so others please feel free to jump in.

One difference is the gearing. Mountain bikes generally have lower gearing than 'cross bikes. The gearing on a 'cross bike is inbetween a mountain bike and a road bike. Most of the time, one won't need the granny gears of a mountain bike.

Other differences: less rolling resistance of the tires since they are narrower, lower bike weight, and the riding postion help provide "an advantage."
Many, if not all, of which can be changed.
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Many, if not all, of which can be changed.
And the more you change the closer it gets to being a real cross bike. By the time you've got skinny tires, big gears and handlebars that get you aerodynamic enough to hang on the fast parts you'll have a crosser. Except some of the little things like more BB height than you need and a heavier frame, etc. Which is what I'm thinking of doing with my 80's HooKooEKoo. The frame is no heavier than a Surly and I'm thinking it'll be a blast year round on everything except the singletrack with real bad roots.

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ah, yes... dumb... so, then why dosent everybody use mountain bikes?
Because mountain bikes usually get smoked on the road sections of cross courses, they also weigh more than a cross bike making them more of a burden on the run ups and barricades.
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