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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 11-27-04, 05:53 PM   #1
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heres the thing....

I wanna get a new bike for the spring time, but this time I wanna get something different. Id like to get a road bike, but there are limitations, you cant take em every where(they're rolling egg shells), Id like to get a new mountain bike but they're to big slow and heavy. thats where cyclo-cross bikes come in, they're the best of both worlds, right? what do you think?

btw, the roads in my area are in bad condition
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Old 11-27-04, 07:09 PM   #2
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I think you've already made up your mind. All you have to do now is decide on which 'cross bike to buy. Buy one that fits you physically and fiscally and that you're happy with.
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It might be hard trying to find one, seeing as how none of the bike shops in my area carry cyclo-cross bikes.
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i got one for exactly the reasons you mentioned. did a couple local races recently and some fireroad rides with the knobbies on. recently i put on some nice michelin road tires and i don't feel like i lose much compared to a road bike. a good cross bike can really bridge both worlds.
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gear head, where are you exactly? They are hard to find in some areas, maybe we can help you locate one.

cross bikes are fantastic, road and trail, they work great in everything except rougher MTB type conditions, the thinner tyres just don't hold up to rougher MTB type terrain but they do everything else. Hopping curbs, rough roads etc. is no problem on a cross bike, they are tough enough for some abuse on the streets.
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Old 11-28-04, 07:40 PM   #6
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ok, know of it, been there, don't know about any shops myself but I did live in NJ for 5 years and found that there are bike shops in NJ, NY, PA and MA that carry CX stuff. Sure, it may not be out on display but most brands like Surly, Salsa, Trek/Lemond, Ridley are available at various places, you need to ask about it though. Best thing is to research on the internet what you like, find the local dealers/distributors/LBS and call them and see what you can get.
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It might be hard trying to find one, seeing as how none of the bike shops in my area carry cyclo-cross bikes.
I was in a similar situation. I ended up buying a Lemond Poprad blindly. Not the best thing to do, but the LBS agreed to a $100 restocking return charge (applicable to other bike in LBS) if I didn't like it for any reason & no charge for a frame size change. But it all turned out great!

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Old 11-29-04, 12:30 PM   #9
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I am about to take mine up to the national forest and get dirty. I bunny hop curbs, stuff, other stuff. It takes it. Even with a carbon seat post.
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I just bought and built-up a Surly Crosscheck. I bought the frame sight-unseen based on the measurements listed on the company website. I built it up with an Ultegra triple crankset and derailleurs. I also had it retro-fitted with bicycle torque couplers so that the frame separates for easy travel. Rides great and gets lots of looks from other cyclists!

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I have a few questions:

What bike would you recommend? (between $700 to $1000)
Should I get disc brakes? Is it a gimmick? are they safe, will it cut my leg open if I crash?
What type of frame should I get, carbon, steel, Aluminim? (Im about 240 pounds or about 109 kilos)
Are there any bikes I should stay away from?
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bianchi axis-alu
redline conquest-alu
fuji cross-alu
surly crosscheck-steel
lemond poprad-steel
all good.
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disc brakes and carbon you will not get for that price, stick with a decent frame first. Surferbruce has many good bikes there, they are all good and will hold out for you, cross bikes are built very tough. Also you might look at the Kona Jake the Snake (alu) and the Jamis Nova (steel), maybe even Ridley (alu) but they might be a bit out of your price range.

For prebuilt complete bikes those are all very decent and roughly in your price range assuming your are talking $USD. The best way to decide is to test ride them. If I were you I'd go for steel for a bit more comfort in the rough stuff, alu can be very unforgiving. I'm looking at the Lemond Poprad myself right now after having the Specialized M4 (alu) for a couple of years.

Cross bikes tend to have a larger standover height also due to higher bottom brackets and bigger tyres, make sure you don't get anything too large for you, most riders get a size down from what their road bike size is.

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OK, I have an other question, laugh all you want!

Are there any new cross bikes that are singal speed?
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OK, I have an other question, laugh all you want!

Are there any new cross bikes that are singal speed?
You can build one. On-One makes a nice single-speed CX frame. Or you can
convert a geared one with a Surly Singulator or the like.
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OK, I have an other question, laugh all you want!

Are there any new cross bikes that are singal speed?
Surly Crosscheck is equipped to be a single speed or geared CX bike. Most other SS CX frames are custom made and expensive.
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