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Cyclocross and Gravelbiking (Recreational) 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 : "Unbound Gravel". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

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Old 04-22-14, 07:44 AM
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This was before we hit the mud... it felt a little like cyclocross yesterday.

Forrest will go almost anywhere, the gravel and soft roads we hit yesterday were not a problem but clay mud and grass are another thing altogether.

My friend said I should always pack my wheels with this to even things out between us.

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Here's a couple early 90's Trek 750's I picked up with in a week of each other. I've been scouring local CL's for these for a long time...

first up is the 1993 it's a 19" and tick small for me but I love the paint.. Might keep it for my wife...

Untitled by Jeff Marco, on Flickr


Next up is the 1990 it's a 21" and pretty much spot on.

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Both will get the drop bar treatment. I'm thinking Soma Highway one's... It's going to cost me a bit to get them to where I want them to be and I have a whole laundry list of parts I want to swap out...
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After many rebuilds over 12 years, the Jamis is becoming my favorite all over again.

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Curtlo CX

New build finally finished.
  • Curtlo Cycles custom fillet brazed steel CX frame and fork
  • Thomson seatpost and stem
  • Deeda bars
  • FSA Gossamer crank with Wolftooth 42t wide/narrow chainring
  • SRAM Rival shifters and RD
  • Tektro 720 cantis front, Avid Short 4 (old style) rear

Shown here with my road training (and just riding around) wheelset. It wears Tufos on Mavic Reflex rims for CX racing.

Only had time for 20 miles after finishing up the build yesterday, but I absolutely love this frameset so far!

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I has about to pull the trigger on a Jamis Nova Sport but found a NOS Schwinn Super Sport DBX. I gave the guy some cash & traded parts. It was missing some stuff but about 95% complete. Price was right so I pulled the trigger. Will probably play with different tire sets but so far it does the trick.
  • Brakeset: Avid BB7 Road brakes
  • Brifters: Shimano Tiagra ST levers
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano 105
  • Crankset: Truvativ Elita, 30/42/52 teeth
  • Bottom Bracket: Truvativ ISIS drive SL, 113mm spindle –
  • Carbon fiber fork, carbon fiber seat post



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Nice bike! What is it attached to/sitting on? Looks like a custom built trainer...

QUOTE=91MF;16556815]sold my TCR and got this clapped out turd.



its better for my commute and im gonna try racing cx locally.[/QUOTE]
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Old 04-28-14, 09:36 AM
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Originally Posted by macjager
Nice bike! What is it attached to/sitting on? Looks like a custom built trainer...]


its for bike fit. if you haven't had a proper fitting I highly suggest it.
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on my list of things to do. Most LBS in Budapest use the "eyeball/experience" method...coming back to Canada this summer, will look for a place that does proper fitting...
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Originally Posted by macjager
on my list of things to do. Most LBS in Budapest use the "eyeball/experience" method...coming back to Canada this summer, will look for a place that does proper fitting...
that photo was taken at cyclesolutions in toronto
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Just picked up an All City Macho Man frame set and built it up last week. Super fun and fast!


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Originally Posted by Willis24
After many rebuilds over 12 years, the Jamis is becoming my favorite all over again.
Nice! 1x9? I love the retroshift levers. I was looking to do something similar, but wanted a clutched derailleur to avoid a chain-keeper so I decided on a Sram shift lever.

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Originally Posted by tallest
Nice! 1x9? I love the retroshift levers. I was looking to do something similar, but wanted a clutched derailleur to avoid a chain-keeper so I decided on a Sram shift lever.
Thanks, it has an 11-32 XT casette with an FSA 42t. I feel the narrow/wide chainrings for 5 bolt to be overpriced, so since I had the MRP guide in a parts box already, I just went that route. And indeed, the RetroShift works perfect. I love being able to crest a hill and immediately shift up 5 or 6 teeth in one swift motion.
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Here is mine all built up...

I was a little surprised the weight with pedals came in at 19.5lbs. Especially since it's all carbon including steer tube. Guess the 105 set and aksium wheels are a little heavy.

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Old 05-02-14, 06:56 AM
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2014 Fuji Feather CX 1.1. First non-mountain bike and a pure joy to ride. I also posted it in the black bike thread. More of a gravel/commuter bike than a true cross bike. Hope to get out on some off road trails in the West Michigan area soon.
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Joining the Ridley crew; bought this last December and got some climbing feet on it; mostly road use (so excuse the Gatorskin tyres!)



Swapped the FSA chainrings out for a black set of Praxis rings
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1995 Trek 730 Multi-Track

Here's my '95 Trek hybrid in its latest incarnation as a gravel grinder/dirt road cruiser. Nitto Noodle drop bars and Technomic stem, Ultegra 8-speed bar-end shifters, Deore LX drivetrain and hubs, Velocity Dyad rims, Panaracer Pasela Tourguard 700x35 tires, Brooks Flyer leather saddle, Tektro CR-720 cantilever brakes, MKS touring pedals and toeclips. Comfortable and reliable as can be.
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1986 Miyata 610 resurrected as a gravel/randonneur bike

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Originally Posted by schensted
Here's my '95 Trek hybrid in its latest incarnation as a gravel grinder/dirt road cruiser. Nitto Noodle drop bars and Technomic stem, Ultegra 8-speed bar-end shifters, Deore LX drivetrain and hubs, Velocity Dyad rims, Panaracer Pasela Tourguard 700x35 tires, Brooks Flyer leather saddle, Tektro CR-720 cantilever brakes, MKS touring pedals and toeclips. Comfortable and reliable as can be.
That looks fantastic! I've got two 1995 730's (19" and 21") and they are great bikes!
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I love how similar everyone's garage door is.
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You save big money with Menard's

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I love how similar everyone's garage door is.
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Just built up, want to ride it in stock trim for awhile before adding a rear rack and more pavement worthy tires. Saw dirt/gravel/rocks for the first time today. I have to say the bike is much more capable than I am in dealing with that terrain.



Have done a small amount of fire road/gravel road riding. Definitely need to figure out tire pressure, the super swans seem like they'd be okay in some wet stuff, luckily we just got rain today so tomorrow morning I'll go check it out

Still undecided on commuter tires. I think I want some high volume, fast rolling, relatively light slicks. Kojak, jack brown green tires, etc...
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Originally Posted by Gus90
Just waiting on a bottom bracket and she'll be all done.
Get it done yet? Don't be so sure it's the "wrong size" because of the stand over. Even a m/l seems big on me if I just flat foot it in sneakers at an lbs. Yet a go a size up and the large feels perfect while actually riding, and the stand over in proper shoes feels fine. Then again, my snort inseam and long arms/torso are used to riding traditional 58 cm bikes that foot about the same, and I prefer a good stretch...

Edit: whoops you're done. Looks nice.
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My newest fat tire / gravel bike.

Hasn't seen the dirt yet, but from the few rides I have done with it on the pavement so far I am smitten. My nicest bike by far. Long term plan is Campy and ~1500 gram wheels, but it rides beautifully as-is.





And here is her big brother...admittedly a purpose built cross racing bike, but it sees some gravel.

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Originally Posted by AlTheKiller
Get it done yet? Don't be so sure it's the "wrong size" because of the stand over. Even a m/l seems big on me if I just flat foot it in sneakers at an lbs. Yet a go a size up and the large feels perfect while actually riding, and the stand over in proper shoes feels fine. Then again, my snort inseam and long arms/torso are used to riding traditional 58 cm bikes that foot about the same, and I prefer a good stretch...

Edit: whoops you're done. Looks nice.
Thanks, the size works for me even got a professional fit at the lbs that put all the parts together for me. I've already logged about 300 miles since it's been finished. Great trail bike.
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