Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Silver Spring, MD (MABRA/MAC)
Bikes: Cannondale Cyclocross, Specialized Langster, Giant TCR-C2 Composite
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There are many threads on Bikeforums under the title of “Show us your…” which is always followed by something like “…cyclocross bike” or “…racing pix”. I figured that we could add a little more interesting content with this thread. In it, you tell about the latest adventures on your cyclocross bike, whether you just did a muddy race on it or rode it to work during a busy rush hour. Given that a broader range of cyclists are using ‘cross bikes for a diverse range of riding purposes, this ongoing thread could also answer many questions people have in regards to why people buy cyclocross bikes and how they use them.
Here’s my latest ‘cross adventure:
Today after a busy afternoon running errands with my wife on a blustery Washington DC day with freezing temperatures and biting wind gusts in excess of 25mph, I found myself with about 20 minutes to ride before the sun went down. I could’ve just shelved the riding idea for another day, but I was eager to try out my new Ritchey Speedmax Pro tires (700x30cc), which just replaced my Hutchinsons the night before. After getting a quick warm up spin on the twisty back roads of Georgetown, I took them off-road, first through the squishy grass and icy mud of Rose Park, down a steep grassy hillside by the Rock Creek Park trail, them onto the hard-packed dirt of the C&O canal. I managed to squeeze in a good amount of technical riding in the downtown Georgetown area as the sun set on a bitterly cold day, and I can tell that I am going to like these new tires a whole lot. The only downside was riding through a patch of decaying foliage, which has left my bike with a nice pungent scent of mulch.