Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

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.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-29-09, 06:01 PM   #1
____asdfghjkl
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Portland
Bikes:
Posts: 541
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
cyclocross looks so fking awesome!

I must do it.
can anyone help me with this?
i'm vertically challenged hah.
I don't have any specific questions ... since i dont know much about this.
i could have just used google but i was hoping this forum could help me.
____asdfghjkl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-09, 06:07 PM   #2
knobster
.
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Hillsboro, Oregon
Bikes: Specialized Roubaix Comp, Soma ES
Posts: 3,979
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
do a search on here about beginning cyclocross. You'll find what you need. Ask you local shops about some training sessions when we get near to the season.
__________________
Demented internet tail wagging imbicile.
knobster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-09, 06:23 PM   #3
jacerab
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 22
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
it is so fking awesome! get a bike, you won't regret it
jacerab is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-09, 09:27 PM   #4
Grivooga
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Tampa, FL
Bikes: Norco CCX1, GF HiFi Plus, Dawes SST AL
Posts: 108
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I kinda wish I had been the first response just so I could've given a totally unhelpful, "HELL YEAH!," just to start this thread off right.
Grivooga is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-09, 09:40 PM   #5
____asdfghjkl
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Portland
Bikes:
Posts: 541
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
i just wanna get dirty.
____asdfghjkl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-09, 08:21 AM   #6
Cynikal
Team Beer
 
Cynikal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Sacramento CA
Bikes: Too Many
Posts: 5,921
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
You are in the right city to get into cross. Ask around at you local shops, I'm sure you will get more info than you can handle.
Cynikal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-09, 01:40 PM   #7
MrEaves
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 49
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Here is mine, amazing bike...

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/...-bike-ec017302
MrEaves is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-09, 04:44 PM   #8
Andy_K 
Senior Member
 
Andy_K's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Beaverton, OR
Bikes: 2013 Kona Jake, 2015 Kona Jake the Snake, 2008 Kona Major Jake, 2013 Kona Jake the Snake, 2006 Kona Kula, 2012 Ridley Excalibur, 2001 LeMond Buenos Aires, 1984 Pinarello Gran Turismo, 1982 Trek 614, 1979 Austro-Daimler, 1974 Steyr Clubman
Posts: 8,770
Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 140 Post(s)
You're in the Portland area so, it's practically done for you. Show up on Bald Peak September 12 with whatever bike you've got and get your feet wet (and dirty).

If you want to get a little more serious, Sellwood Cycles does a series of clinics at Alpenrose Dairy (also in September, I believe) to teach you things like how to get on and off the bike while it's moving and how to run hurdles. The Bike Vigilantes did one in Hillsboro last year.

I got my start with the Heiser Farm race last year, which was cool because there were only 10 people in the beginners race, as compared to the 100 or so you'd get in the Cross Crusade, but you definitely have to do a Cross Crusade race at some point. They're awesome.

Here's the local schedule:

http://obra.org/schedule/2009/cyclocross

It'll be updated later in the year with links to race details.

I can't wait for fall!!!!
Andy_K is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-10, 08:54 PM   #9
____asdfghjkl
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Portland
Bikes:
Posts: 541
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Oh man, sorry to bump this from like forever ago.
Is it even possible to find a cross bike that is 43cm(I think) that isn't a kids bike or custom?
I had a couple of the bike shops tell me to look up Sweetpea and IF and get a custom instead.
____asdfghjkl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-10, 05:19 AM   #10
flargle
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 2,118
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Kerry Litka is considered an authority on cross for short people:
http://www.kerry-litka.com/main/word...clocross-tips/

I would build up a bike from a 26" hardtail mtb frame, with a rigid fork. Plenty of options this way.
flargle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-10, 07:49 AM   #11
SpongeDad
Overacting because I can
 
SpongeDad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: The Mean Streets of Bethesda, MD
Bikes: Merlin Agilis, Trek 1500
Posts: 4,552
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Redline sells a 44cm version of its cross bikes. The standover seems a bit high though, at at 731mm or 28.8 inches. Best thing is to hit a shop.

Redline also sells a 24" version - marketed to kids, but the weight seems okay, so I'd contact them to inquire as to the differences if any in terms of manufacturing.
__________________
“Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm." (Churchill)

"I am a courageous cyclist." (SpongeDad)
SpongeDad is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:00 PM.