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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 09-17-07, 07:14 PM   #551
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Pish posh.

At least go to a local race and watch the C's before deciding. If you race and get your ass kicked, it will be good motivation for off-season training.Go to some spinning classes. Sounds a bit cheesy, but IMO is a great way to get into decent cycling shape. Also look for a local group ride that matches (or slightly exceeds) your level of fitness. Cyclocross-specific: get good at running. Also, get good at dismounting, carrying, and remounting the bike. Velonews currently has "cyclocross clinic" videos on its website. Watch them. And then go to the local park and practice those dismounts and remounts. I would use a cheap-o saddle for the CX practice and racing, because you'll probably bend the seat rails from not-so-elegant remounts.
Great advice! Yeah, I'm definitely going to go see some races for sure and now I think I'll sign up. It'll be fun if anything. Thanks again for the awesome advice!
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Old 09-18-07, 05:05 AM   #552
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Old 09-18-07, 09:04 AM   #553
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Can we expect to see this beauty at nycross events this season? Great build!
indeed. the plan is to try my hand at actual cross racing and see what I can do at the nycross events. Feel free to say hi if you see the bike.
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Old 09-22-07, 11:28 AM   #554
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Old 09-24-07, 02:26 PM   #555
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My first cross bike, hopefully next season it'll be replaced with either a Giant TCX, Surly Crosscheck or something from Salsa, since I get the EP from them.

Until then, I've got a Fuji Cross lent to me by my coach. I replaced the wheels, bars, levers, post and seat with loose stuff in my basement. Hopefully the Xero XR1's will handle the Hell they'll be put through. The bars are complete overkill; Nitto NJS 39cm track bars. Dia-Compe levers, carbon wrapped Cannondale post, ASPide seat. FSA Team Carbon cranks. The frame is made with Columbus Genius steel tubing. The tires are Ritchey Cross somthing's that look like dry-dirt tires. It's still waiting for a shorter stem, Crank Bros Eggbeaters, and a full fit adjustment.
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Old 09-24-07, 03:15 PM   #556
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^ have you tried dismounts/mounts with those track bars on there yet? Just seems like they would add an unwanted degree of difficulty.

I like the frame though.
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Old 09-24-07, 06:30 PM   #557
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^ have you tried dismounts/mounts with those track bars on there yet? Just seems like they would add an unwanted degree of difficulty.

I like the frame though.
Besides the extreme angle, what's the problem? The angle isn't going to stay like that, they'll be moved up and so will the brake levers.
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Old 09-24-07, 07:07 PM   #558
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Besides the extreme angle, what's the problem? The angle isn't going to stay like that, they'll be moved up and so will the brake levers.
Just the angle... didn't realize you were changing it.
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Old 09-25-07, 06:16 AM   #559
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I really want to reach my hand into this photo with a 4mm allen key and fix your bike.
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Old 09-25-07, 09:17 PM   #560
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you guys got some seriouslly nice bikes......I WANT!!!
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Old 09-27-07, 06:09 AM   #561
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edit: I took off the front der. and put a 44t ring in the front.
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Old 09-27-07, 01:49 PM   #562
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how much does it weigh now without front der and chainring? 44t is probably great for everything but the nuttiest climbs. Nice dirt drops to.
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I haven't weighed it actually.

And it wasn't weight, but rather gearing, that caused the switch. 50 / 34 in the front I couldn't really find a comfortable gear. So I started talking about switching. Talking to the shop manager about it and he said to try one ring in the front and it will help with the der. not getting clogged with mud.

So far I like it. Maybe I'll get the weight checked soon.
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Old 09-28-07, 07:19 AM   #564
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My First 'Cross Bike

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  • Salsa Las Cruces frameset (scandium frame, carbon fork)
  • Chris King headset
  • Ultegra drivetrain
  • FSA MegaExo Team Issue Carbon Compact crank (50-34)
  • DT Swiss RR 1.2 rims, 3-cross laced with DT Swiss Supercomp III triple-butted spokes, to Chris King Classic Hubs
  • Salsa leather chainstay protector for that extra touch of class
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Old 09-28-07, 07:49 AM   #565
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Nice build Fontasaurus.. lovely wheels!

On another note, hopefully I'll have my own bike to post here in the next couple of weeks. I just got my LBS to order in the last remaining drivetrain bits last night. Woot!
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Old 09-29-07, 11:29 AM   #566
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My 1x8 LeMond 'cross rig.


Frameset: Reynolds 853 2002 LeMond Poprad, cro-mo fork
Wheelset: Reynolds Alta Race, Reynolds hubs
Tires: Kenda Kross 35s
Front Drivetrain: 42T Ultegra ring up on inside, Salsa Crossing Guard on outside, Deda Dog Fang on frame
Rear Drivetrain: SRAM 11-28 cassette, Shimano Sora 8-speed rear derailer, Shimano Sora shifter
Bars: Salsa Bell Lap Cyclocross
Brakes: Avid Shorty 4 cantis
Crankset: Shimano Sora 175 (Dura Ace 172.5s not on yet, need a narrower BB for chainline)
Pedals: Eggbeaters
Saddle/Post: Stock from Raleigh Rush Hour

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Old 10-02-07, 11:56 AM   #567
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My first cross bike, hopefully next season it'll be replaced with either a Giant TCX, Surly Crosscheck or something from Salsa, since I get the EP from them.

Until then, I've got a Fuji Cross lent to me by my coach. I replaced the wheels, bars, levers, post and seat with loose stuff in my basement. Hopefully the Xero XR1's will handle the Hell they'll be put through. The bars are complete overkill; Nitto NJS 39cm track bars. Dia-Compe levers, carbon wrapped Cannondale post, ASPide seat. FSA Team Carbon cranks. The frame is made with Columbus Genius steel tubing. The tires are Ritchey Cross somthing's that look like dry-dirt tires. It's still waiting for a shorter stem, Crank Bros Eggbeaters, and a full fit adjustment.
Is there any benefit to the long cage rear der?
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Old 10-03-07, 09:56 PM   #568
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Is there any benefit to the long cage rear der?
He's got a pretty big range of gears back there, so he might actually need it (I'm not sure.) If he could use either or, though, then no.

As for that, and pretty much all of the bikes on this page...DO WANT. Track bars are still a bit of a "huh?" but whatever floats your boat.
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This Nashbar X frame will soon have a Nashbar carbon cross fork (Winwood knockoff). I've got a wheelset with knobbies in the garage, but since I use this to commute to work, I keep road tires on it. My LBS says that my old RSX STI shifters are on their last legs. Don't wanna spend more than $80 upgrading. Probably not realistic, huh?

The X frame is a perfect fit for me. I replaced my old blue 54cm Surly Cross Check frame (sold to aballas and posted here in late September). Anyhow, I like this thing not being too flashy.
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Old 10-09-07, 06:22 PM   #571
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ive got 2 sweet cyclocross bikes

The first one is a 53cm 2007 Felt F1X and if you look closely the chain is hanging loosely and there isnt a rear dérailleur. I broke that in winter park doing cyclocross and the ultegra shortcage is sitting on the back fork and seems to not be working right. The second one is an old 1990's? salsa cyclorcross frame with rolf vector comp wheels and a carbon fork. Theres no front dérailleur and its a very nice bike (its a 54cm). The last one is the frame i used last year for cyclocross. I just recently made it into a single speed. Its a 2006 50cm redline conquest sport frame. the brake levers a re incredibly old not exactly sure how much but its a sweet ride. Enjoy!
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I love that steel Salsa.
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Here's my IRO Rob Roy, currently set up with a 44/40 up front and a 17/21 surly dinglecog on the fixed side with a 17/19 white industries dos eno freewheel on the other. Gives me a couple gears to play with. Haven't done any CX racing on it yet (will be freewheeling when I do) but I love tearing around the local trails and this thing makes mincemeat of my 16.5 mile commute. I'm swapping out the frame for a 56cm green one via the group buy, but all the parts are staying.

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