Is that Fuji part of ad or what?
Here she is with the training wheels. I plan on racing on Ksyrium SL tubulars.. Full Ultegra 10 speed, shifts better than my DA 9 speed did. 46x38 up front with a 12x27 in the rear.
not designed as a cross bike, and i don't race it...but i know people have used it for cross...
Here is my 1990 Bianchi Axis having a religious experience:
Just finished my new Pit Bike (will serve as my primary commuter)
Moto Fantom CX frameset
Ritchey WCS stem/seatpost
Primary CX Ride
I am considering to ride my bike all year round, but living in Chicago the winter can be a big pain in the butt(snow, freezing temp,snow, and more snow). Seeing all these cross bikes I was wondering if I can convert my Lemond Etape in to cross cycle by just changing the tires. If this sounds like a stupid question bare with me I am new to the sport.
Maybe, if you can fit some very narrow knobbies in there. I'm not sure how much that would gain you, in terms of poor weather performance. The Etape is spec'd with 700x25s, so I'd imagine that the chainstays and fork won't allow anything more substantial than 700x28, like many road bikes.
Yeah, you might be better off with a dedicated winter bike if you can swing it. You probably won't be able to fit very large knobbies onto the Lemond, plus it likely doesn't have fender eyelets (or if so, definitely not space for knobbies AND fenders). You can pry my fenders from my cold (wet) hands... especially in slushy Winter weather.
Although to be honest I generally don't have much of a problem riding my fixie with 23c slicks all winter here in Toronto. But, I don't think we get nearly as bad weather compared to Chicago in the Winter. If it gets bad enough, I'll just take transit, but I only resorted to that a handful of times the past couple of years.
First test ride yesterday and it was pretty sweet! :)
My Ridley Crosswind for the new season :)
and yes I do have 2 of them :D
Here's my Felt F1X 2006.
- Ultegra 10 drivetrain
- Truvativ Elita GXP 39/48
- Ksyrium Elites
- Nokian Ravagozzi Cross S with Michelin latex tubes
- Ritchey WCS Carbon bars
- Ritchey WCS stem
- Ritchey WCS seatpost
- Selle SLR XC Gel flow
- Tune carbon bottle cages
- Tektro Oryx cantis
- Xpedo MountainForce Mg/Ti (not in the pic)
- Polar S725X
Weight: ~20lb with pedals
I don't race the bike, just use it for long gravel/asphalt road rides all year...:)
In road trim...
mmm.. salsa.. love that color! how are you liking it?
Here is my Fuji Cross Pro ( i paid 1250$ at Performance Bike in Paoli, pa), after a seemingly endless wait. I am stoked so far, minus the rock hard saddle. I added a pimped out carbon cage, and yellow candy c pedals. I will change the stock saddle out.
As far as sizing, the 54 is the perfect size for me ((69-70") 32" pant inseam, @205lbs) so far in the drops sitting up and seat height, although i have only been aboard for 60-90 minutes a ride since getting the bike Monday. The sizing chart and the effective length of the top tube were the key specs from the fuji website and testing larger bikes, like the 58/56 and feeling a bit uncomfortable.
Anyway i am starting to work on dismounts and mounts, i feel completly newbie, which suits me fine, the whole thing is very challenging. I have starting adding runs to my mountain biking and cross rides to get used to the activity. Overall i am stoked....!
love that salsa...