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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 10-16-07, 06:12 PM   #1
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Wider Drops for SS CX?

I'm going to run a single speed cross bike at Porky Gulch.

http://www.porkygulchclassic.com/

And I'm thinking of switching my 42cm drop bars to 46cm for more leverage.

Any thoughts on this?

It will be my first cross race.
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Old 10-16-07, 06:16 PM   #2
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I find wider bars to be useful on extended SS climbs. Try it and see if you like.

Looks like a fun race, BTW.
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Old 10-16-07, 06:32 PM   #3
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Yes. Use them before hand so they feel natural, but yes. The extra leverage will help.
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Leverage is crucial for any ss. You need it to compensate for a lack of gears. That looks like an awesome race...
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Thanks for the replies. I put the bars on an they look even wider on the bike! I haven't had the chance to try them as I wait for tire glue to cure.

The race looks like a blast! I hope they have the cheesey Story land music playing during the race!

I've done the Mt Washington hillclimb before so no worries there. I saw my first CX race in Gloucester last weekend and that got me off the fence and into this race. Cross looks like it could be the new addiction.
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Cross looks like it could be the new addiction.
Welcome to the dark side.
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I'm digging my 46cm drops on my SS-CX.
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Old 10-21-07, 05:43 PM   #8
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Yup, they felt strange at first but after a few minutes they were like my best friend in handle bars. I got a bar with less drop too.

Can't wait for the race!
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can someone explain the difference wider bars make?
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More leverage for out of the saddle, pull on the bars climbing.
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I just put a pair of WTB Dirt Drops on my San Jose this weekend. It's mostly a commuter/pit bike, but I think it'll make it out to at least one race this year.

The wider bars make a significant difference in the climbs. And it looks totally sweet.
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Go get your bad self the Midge drop bar by on-one. Look to www.zedsport.com for a list of US distributors.

The one drop bar to rule them all! Short and shallow drop, plenty of flare, brake levers are within easy reach, secure. Can't beat 'em!
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Old 10-25-07, 05:58 PM   #13
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Check out Salsa Bell Laps. They flare 3 cm on each side.

Mine are 44 c-c on top and 50 c-c on the bottom.
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