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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 :The Dirty Kanza". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.
View Poll Results: I use my cyclocross bike for:
Cyclocross racing
39.74%
Commuting
60.90%
General getting around
57.69%
Long road rides
44.87%
Multi-day on-road tours
14.74%
Multi-day off-road tours
3.85%
Rail trails, gentle singletrack
54.49%
Serious singletrack mountain biking
17.95%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 156. You may not vote on this poll

I use my cyclocross bike for...

Old 11-11-09, 09:01 PM
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I use my cyclocross bike for...

I like polls. Let's do one.
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Old 11-11-09, 09:32 PM
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where's the gravel option? did my first gravel ride with a group last sunday it was way more fun that road riding. that being said, i'm going to be a roadie next season.
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Mine started as a commuter but is now a brevit bike.

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Old 11-11-09, 10:11 PM
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Gravel is close enough to rail trail.
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I do all of the options except multi-day rides. I always use 23c slicks when riding too.
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Old 11-12-09, 12:54 AM
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Chose general getting around but it is most to do most the above. Haven't done a race maybe this year.
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My one's set up as a winter commuter. I use it the least number of times possible.
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Old 11-12-09, 01:03 AM
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Where is the "all of the above" option?
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racing is the intention, but the most use is mtb singletrack...
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so, it seems the consensus is 'everything'
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Yeah, interesting results - so flat across the top 5 results. Only serious mtb, and the two multi-day options are less popular. So far I'm the only multi-day off-road guy.
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Originally Posted by Cynikal View Post
Where is the "all of the above" option?
Just click them all... it's a multi-answer poll
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Old 11-13-09, 10:07 AM
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Fair enough. Done.
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Originally Posted by igknighted View Post
Just click them all... it's a multi-answer poll
heck, didn't notice that...
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Longish (30-40 mile) mixed surface rides. Pavement, dirt roads and some singletrack.
So whats more fun, buzzing roadies or blowin' MTBers into the weeds?
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Old 11-16-09, 08:17 AM
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Hmm. I've been dropped by mtb's on the road...fortunately have not yet been passed by a road bike on singletrack
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Originally Posted by stevage View Post
fortunately have not yet been passed by a road bike on singletrack
I have actually done this...

To be fair I got dropped by several (most) other mountain bikers...

but still.
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Found a group that does long gravel rides on sunday mornings. usually 40+ miles. while it's still warm, there's usaully a stop for some beers.
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I did a full road season on my cross bike last year after my road bike had to be put out to pasture.
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Old 11-23-09, 08:16 AM
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I don't commute but do all the other choices so I didn't vote.

ah crap... stupid multi choice polls..

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Old 11-28-09, 10:16 PM
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I checked everything except offroad touring and hardcore mountain biking. I pretty much use my Surly for everything except pulling a plow and running my cotton gin. My Model T still does that.
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I checked everything except offroad touring and hardcore mountain biking. I pretty much use my Surly for everything except pulling a plow and running my cotton gin. My Model T still does that.
Yea Surly. My crosscheck started as a commuter but then got into century + road riding and now crossing the cyclo. I am finding however, that racing is a danger to my communting. Ive destroyed rims, bent up other stuff and feel the need for simplified drivetrain. Even with a second set of wheels for racing its not quite working. So. I am thinking of building a new crossbike but do I try to clone what I have or what? I wonder if an aluminum frame would be a good way to go (too cheap for carbon). The rest is just parts. Is nashbar really that bad? cheap!!
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High-speed long-distance commute, fun and fitness rides on paved trails.

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Yea Surly. My crosscheck started as a commuter but then got into century + road riding and now crossing the cyclo. I am finding however, that racing is a danger to my communting. Ive destroyed rims, bent up other stuff and feel the need for simplified drivetrain. Even with a second set of wheels for racing its not quite working. So. I am thinking of building a new crossbike but do I try to clone what I have or what? I wonder if an aluminum frame would be a good way to go (too cheap for carbon). The rest is just parts. Is nashbar really that bad? cheap!!
My view on aluminum is that for bikes that go with big tires or on dirt, it's fine. I've often been tempted by the Nashbar cross frame.
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My view on aluminum is that for bikes that go with big tires or on dirt, it's fine. I've often been tempted by the Nashbar cross frame.
I built my bike with the Nashbar X frame and cf fork. I really like it. It's only my first and only bike build. The worst thing I say about it is the sizing decision. I have never been more baffled by frame specs. I finally just ordered the biggest one. I 'm 6'2", long legs and arms. It, in my own mind, fits. Fork and frame have held up well under some pretty tough tumbles and even a head on collision with another cyclist (crack **) but, that's a whole 'nother story and thread.
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