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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 02-09-15, 09:33 AM   #1
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Decided to try CX for first time. Drank beer, bought bike.

I have been an avid road cyclist/ racer (cat.4 for life) for 25 years. I decided to check out the Cyclocross World Championships on TV last weekend and I thought it was awesome! I knew about CX but never really watched a race. I couldn't stop thinking about it all week. So of course I did a little research got a little buzzed Sat. night, went online and ended up with a CX bike Sunday morning! I put in a best offer on a new 2012 Jamis Nova Pro. From my research it's a great entry level ride plus it looks cool! Aluminum main with carbon forks and stays, canti brakes, SRAM & FSA lowish end components. I dropped $1235.99. What do you think? Should I stop drinking?
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Old 02-09-15, 10:39 AM   #2
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only to put some of that beer money to upgrades
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That's a nice bike. Your biggest problem now is that you probably have a long wait until the next CX race you can enter.
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Old 02-09-15, 11:52 AM   #4
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That's a nice bike. Your biggest problem now is that you probably have a long wait until the next CX race you can enter.
That will give me time to figure out what it's all about and work on my technique I live in So Cal so conditions don't change very much during the seasons.
That price isn't bad right?
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run Cross Country too ,, Unless the course designers are not wanting to challenge anyones fitness level.


Maybe pick up a cross single speed too they have a race of their own in the same weekend. (less to break wile you practice the Bike handling)
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They have CX races in socal? It rains one week a year there!
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It is never too early to start working on CX technique such as mounts and dismounts. Plus running with the bike on your shoulder.
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...beer money to upgrades...

That's the ticket...
Start with an extra wheel set that has road tires...
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It is never too early to start working on CX technique such as . Plus running with the bike on your shoulder.
That is a good idea. I have already scoped out a few spots where I can ride a circuit and practice mounts and dismounts and sharp cornering. I live in the middle of a metropolis but we have a HUGE park nearby with a lot of unused open area. Sparse grass, trees and hard packed dirt. I saw online that So. Cal Cyclocross runs two races a season there. It's a 20 minute ride from my house.
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That's the ticket...
Start with an extra wheel set that has road tires...
I have a extra pair of Mavic ksyrium equipe wheels from a road bike. I don't know if a cyclocross tire would fit however or if those wheels are robust enough? They are pretty heavy duty...... Do CX tires fit on standard road rims? I have a lot to learn.
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Cyclocross tires do fit regular rims. The question is are your stay wide enough for a cyclocross tire.
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Cyclocross tires do fit regular rims. The question is are your stay wide enough for a cyclocross tire.
Well, he already has the cross bike, so I'm assuming cross tires fit it.

the Ksyrium Equipes should me more than fine, especially if you aren't close to being a clyde. I'm ~185 and use some old Shimano R500s on my cross bike and they hold up. I've broken one spoke. The Ksyriums are probably a bit more stout.
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i have that very same bike. yes, that is a fair price for it too. i did 4 cross races on it last year. the only complaint is; not enough clearance for mud.
upgrades i plan on making:
1. change chainset to a Shimano CX70
2. change RD to SRAM X9
3. new wheel set ...still haven't decided on these but i've narrowed it down to Boyds.

i'm not saying these changes are necessary but....
i will say that the CX 70 chainset IS WAY better than the FSA that came with the bike.
(btw, i don't plan on spending that much on those parts. the hot link is for reference purposes)
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Old 02-11-15, 09:40 AM   #14
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i have that very same bike. yes, that is a fair price for it too. i did 4 cross races on it last year. the only complaint is; not enough clearance for mud.
upgrades i plan on making:
1. change chainset to a Shimano CX70
2. change RD to SRAM X9
3. new wheel set ...still haven't decided on these but i've narrowed it down to Boyds.

i'm not saying these changes are necessary but....
i will say that the CX 70 chainset IS WAY better than the FSA that came with the bike.
(btw, i don't plan on spending that much on those parts. the hot link is for reference purposes)
Holy cow! I see what your saying about the clearance. That's a salad!
Here in the So. Cal the conditions are pretty good year round so hopefully it wont be a factor. Surprisingly there are quite a few CX races during the season. There's an organization called SO Cal Cross. I think it's independent from USA cycling and they have a lot going on it looks like.
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that was a brutal race. long, deep grass run ups, mud holes the full width of the lane, a corn maze...i was smoked after that one.

mud got so thick, the back tire stopped rotating. i had to pretty much carry it to the pit area to grab my second bike - a single speeder! good thing it was the last lap as i ran a good portion of it.
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one other thing you could do is dump the canti brakes. i went with direct pull brakes with a travel agent.
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Now you get to play with the messy fun of getting tubeless to work.
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great looking bike!! On the plus side, drinking beer and cyclocross racing often times go hand and hand. Enjoy the new ride.
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