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Old 09-23-09, 06:05 PM
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I lined up with the wrong group today, aka I missed my start.

I started 3 mins after my group had already left and I still passed half the field. Came in 9th even though I fell three times and messed up many more times than that.

Next week, I'll line up on time.

Originally Posted by timster View Post
Except I'm holding the handlebars with my left hand. It's the most comfortable way I've found to carry it.

It hurts like hell to rest the bike on my shoulder. Running with it on my shoulder gave me a nice bruise. I think I'm too boney to hold a bike like that.

I'm open to suggestions if there is a solution.
You might get flamed for this, but you could try throwing a top tube pad on there.

You know, the ones people on fixies ride with.

I've considered this as well since I'm pretty boney too, but I haven't had any issues thus far.
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Old 09-23-09, 06:12 PM
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post
I lined up with the wrong group today, aka I missed my start.

I started 3 mins after my group had already left and I still passed half the field. Came in 9th even though I fell three times and messed up many more times than that.

Next week, I'll line up on time.



You might get flamed for this, but you could try throwing a top tube pad on there.

You know, the ones people on fixies ride with.

I've considered this as well since I'm pretty boney too, but I haven't had any issues thus far.
your right arm needs to go through the frame (under the top tube), around the down tube, and grab the left drop on your handlebars to pull the bike up onto your shoulder. if it hurts your shoulder, use a pad on your shoulder, like a maxi pad, just dont tell anyone because it'll be embarrassing.
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Old 09-23-09, 06:35 PM
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Originally Posted by MDcatV View Post
your right arm needs to go through the frame (under the top tube), around the down tube, and grab the left drop on your handlebars to pull the bike up onto your shoulder. if it hurts your shoulder, use a pad on your shoulder, like a maxi pad, just dont tell anyone because it'll be embarrassing.
My back hurts like hell, but my shoulder doesn't, so whatevs.

Thanks for the info. Taping something on there is a good idea as well!
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Old 09-23-09, 07:01 PM
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dont slam the bike down, put it down smoothly and under control.
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Old 09-23-09, 07:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Lithuania View Post
dont slam the bike down, put it down smoothly and under control.
Sorry, that's what I meant.

Point was, don't drop it down or it'll bounce and the chain will fall off.
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Old 09-23-09, 07:40 PM
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Not if you have a dog fang.

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Old 09-23-09, 07:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Brian Ratliff View Post
There is a solution! Check it out: http://kissena.info/more.php?id=246_0_1_0_M

When bike is on the ground, reach down with your right hand and grab the down tube. With your left hand on the bars, pull the bike up so your elbow goes through the bike frame. Place the bike's top tube onto the muscle of your neck so it doesn't give you a bruise. Let go of the downtube, slide your right arm under the downtube and grab the left drop of the handlebar. Now, let go of your bike with your left hand and start running.

This way you can run using your right hand to hold the bike and your left for balance with nothing flopping anywhere.
Originally Posted by MDcatV View Post
your right arm needs to go through the frame (under the top tube), around the down tube, and grab the left drop on your handlebars to pull the bike up onto your shoulder. if it hurts your shoulder, use a pad on your shoulder, like a maxi pad, just dont tell anyone because it'll be embarrassing.
Thanks for the tips.

I have a cross practice tomorrow with our team coach. Maybe I'll show him what I'm doing and he can tell me what I'm doing wrong.
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Old 09-23-09, 08:04 PM
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Just finished bring my cross bike back to life. Time line...

Cheap cross bike/built for a commuter (50-34 crank wtf?)
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Mix and match pretty good cross bike

My new cross bike build...

Ceramic Mavic open pros/DA hubs, 11-25 cassette
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Old 09-23-09, 08:26 PM
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See Ya... Heading out to Vegas Cross right now!!!!
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Old 09-23-09, 09:29 PM
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Originally Posted by carlfreddy View Post
Not if you have a dog fang.

yeah, except it's not foolproof, and if you do manage to fubar it --- it's a ***** to get back on .




also, what do ppl think of the 35c small block eights?
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Old 09-23-09, 09:32 PM
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Originally Posted by kudude View Post
yeah, except it's not foolproof, and if you do manage to fubar it --- it's a ***** to get back on .
Actually, its pretty foolproof if you've set it (and your front der) up correctly.

I'm just sayin'......


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Old 09-23-09, 09:54 PM
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Originally Posted by carlfreddy View Post
Actually, its pretty foolproof if you've set it (and your front der) up correctly.

I'm just sayin'......


why would anyone have a front derailer? (we are talking about racing here, right?)

I'm just sayin'.........

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Old 09-24-09, 05:12 PM
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Some people have the front der just to have the two rings up front. It isn't used during the race, but when testing out the course you can decide which ring to use and just keep it there the entire race. Makes a good amount of sense since cross courses vary so much, but you can certainly get away without one (I run a double bash guard.)
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Old 09-24-09, 06:56 PM
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Originally Posted by kudude View Post
also, what do ppl think of the 35c small block eights?
I have them. I like them. I did a 15 mile relatively flat/smooth/sandy singletrack ride on them and they stuck great. however, I did have pretty low pressure and I was a bit worried about flatting. I'll pump them up a little more next time, hopefully they'll hold their bite.
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Old 09-24-09, 07:15 PM
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NC races start 10/24; might do entire fall series; lot's of off-roading lately; debris caught in RD today; twisted mess; broken hanger and RD; opened chain to remove RD; slung RD over top tube; half rode and half walked home about 4 miles with slack chain; new parts should be in next week and I can get back to business; bought running shoes and use them 2-3 time a week; who knew running and riding used different muscles?
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Old 09-24-09, 09:16 PM
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NC races start 10/24.

The Can't wait for Cross series starts this Sunday in Winston-Salem. I'm in for it and G-boro next week.

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Old 09-24-09, 11:48 PM
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Big cross race on sunday.

Saturday night's a friends 21st bday party. I'll be lucky if I can walk home let alone race on sunday.
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^My understanding of 'cross is that those two things kinda go together. so, if you don't stop "partying" 'till after the race--won't be a problem...that you'll care about anyway.
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Did my first cross practice yesterday on a borrowed Niner. This is an insane sport. Geez, now I got to get another bike?
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I was looking forward to cross racing this season but cannot compete now unless I can ride around the barriers. The groin strain is not going to get better if I have to run and jump.

I can still pedal the bike for full power so I am going to attend xc practices but no racing.

I've also decided to convert to singlespeed. I did most of tuesday in one gear and I like the challenge and lack of derailleur fiddling. The SSCX State Champ is a local. His gearing is 34X16. I think I will try 34X17.

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Any help is appreciated!!!!!

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Originally Posted by Grumpy McTrumpy View Post

I've also decided to convert to singlespeed. I did most of tuesday in one gear and I like the challenge and lack of derailleur fiddling. The SSCX State Champ is a local. His gearing is 34X16. I think I will try 34X17.
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jeez, i race in a 42x17
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I am looking for build plans for a Euro style flyover. Soon!

Any help is appreciated!!!!!

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google kelley acres cross in maryland. they have built a flyover and have pictures documenting it.
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Old 10-02-09, 07:52 AM
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jeez, i race in a 42x17
you wouldn't if you were up here. unless you like running up many short steep hills per lap. maybe 42x21
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i dont know. i did iron cross in 42x17 too
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