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Newb Q: can I race my road bike? attire?

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Newb Q: can I race my road bike? attire?

I'd like to try out a couple of the newb courses they have this year. Never ridden CX. My steel road bike can fit up to 33/34... can I just throw some CX tires and try it out? Also - all the people in photos on FB look so pretty in their kits - can I just wear shorts and a t?
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CX often tends to be a little independant and counter cultural. Its more like a bunch of mountain bikers who have a good time at a race rather than road bikers who seem to be tense and uptight no matter what. And they are very accepting of ride what you brung - from mountain bike, to road bike to fat bike to cross. Its about enjoying yourself...

An yes - 33mm cross tires on a road bike are fine. Just watch out for pedal strike if you have a lot of BB drop.
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Your bike will be fine, although you may need to go down a size on the knobbies, depending on how the tire is measured. Wear what you like and have fun!


I did my first season of CX on a Trek 660 (a crit bike!) with 28mm Kenda Kwicks jammed under the brake calipers. It wasn't ideal, but it was perfectly fine for dry courses. It's fun. Go race and have a blast.

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CX tires on a road bike is fine. In fact, most CX bikes are really just road bikes with more tire clearance and disc/canti brakes. If you can squeeze some knobbies on there, go for it.

Wear whatever you want. I doubt anyone at a CX race will care much one way or the other.
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Yes. Run what you brung and have some fun!

I would recommend against racing in shorts that are too baggy as they could interfere with remounts. I've had them get caught on the saddle so I just wear traditional black cycling shorts.

Lastly, don't take the heckles personally.
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Proper cycling gear makes for a better experience, but isn't a qualification for having fun. I think shorts are more improtant than jerseys. The big advantage to jerseys is the extra long cut so your skin isn't showing(and getting sunburnt) like you would in a tshirt.
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