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I love my cross bike

Old 11-15-09, 02:57 PM
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I love my cross bike

Took a long ride along the canal today. My cross bike cost less than half of what my road bike cost, but it's becoming my favorite bike. Sure it handles a bit more like a Caddy than a Lotus because of the lower pressure tires and longer trail, but cruising along over the ruts, gravel, mud and wet leaves, I was happy as can be.
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That's one of the reasons why I love them as well. It takes me back when a bike was a bike and could be ridden anywhere. Never cared for specialized (adjective, not brand name) bikes that force me to stick to certain surfaces/conditions.
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same here....i love my road bike, but would rather pull out that unrespected, 'crossified Schwinn Caliente out and bash the trail. really. heavy and uncompetitive, but it is unbelievably responsive and pure fun. i really wish folks would stop saying buy something else and tell me how to switch out the cranks. then it would really rock
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I really want to like my cx bikes more than my rb (the rb is also cheaper) but for what I'm using it for (commuting), it's just not nimble enough to go in and out of the London's crawling traffic. I have to watch out for front foot clearance and as you pointed out, it's slower to react.

I *would* like it if I were ridng it in the same conditions you rode yours, but I dont, so I dont.
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Originally Posted by mustang1 View Post
I really want to like my cx bikes more than my rb (the rb is also cheaper) but for what I'm using it for (commuting), it's just not nimble enough to go in and out of the London's crawling traffic. I have to watch out for front foot clearance and as you pointed out, it's slower to react.
That would be your Tricross? If you change the stock tyres for, say, Sports Contacts or Marathon Racers or even Ultremos you should see a big difference. It might be worth trying out a slightly shorter stem and bars that are 2cm wider too.
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Coming from a road racing background, at my first CX practice, I never felt so free on a bike. That was in late September. Since then, I go to practice every week, have bought my own cross bike, & have done 4 races. I don't love it as much as my road bike yet but probably will once I get a few things changed out & get the fit dialed in. It's a blast.
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Hmm, yeah, I went for a 100k ride yesterday, and after an hour or so was thinking "hmm, wish I'd put the 23mm tyres on". And then the sealed road turned into gravel path...then a long unsealed bike path...and then into singletrack...and then cutting through some grass...and then I was glad
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I use my cross for pretty much everying, singletrack, gravel, and riding around downtown and bike trails
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It's all I ride. Studded 32s in the winter and 28-32s summer. Go fast, go rough, jump things and have fun. Best bike ever developed. Too bad they are not very well appreciated but for this forum.
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>Too bad they are not very well appreciated but for this forum.

I'm not convinced that's a bad thing. I like being special!

The only actual downside is that the bikes themselves seem slightly more expensive than they should be. But since the parts (other than tyres) are essentially stock road/mtb/hybrid, that's ok.
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Originally Posted by stevage View Post
>Too bad they are not very well appreciated but for this forum.

I'm not convinced that's a bad thing. I like being special!

The only actual downside is that the bikes themselves seem slightly more expensive than they should be. But since the parts (other than tyres) are essentially stock road/mtb/hybrid, that's ok.
Post this thread in the roadie forum and you'll see just how "special" you really are. Most road bikers can't seem to get over what a bike has on it or what it's made of to focus more on what they can do with it. For me, they are missing out on an awful lot of fun.

Yeah, they sure seem that way. Maybe possibly because they aren't that popular that the manufacturers have to charge more to make up for the low quantity of sales.
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Originally Posted by Laurel Lane View Post
It's all I ride. Studded 32s in the winter and 28-32s summer. Go fast, go rough, jump things and have fun. Best bike ever developed. Too bad they are not very well appreciated but for this forum.
What kind of studded 32s? I'm running Michelin Mud2s, which are fine for now, but come January the local trails will have some snow and ice on them. How are studs on the road (I'm thinking short distances just to get to the trail)?
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A cross bike is a great complement to a ride bike. It is great going places where I could never take my road bike. And it is wonderful to be away from cars.
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Just got back from a Century that could be classified as a cyclocross one. Freeway to singletrack, with lots of climbing, fun downhills, even some "run ups". Heck, I even had to carry across at least three barriers. Yes, I do enjoy my cross bike.
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Originally Posted by mustang1 View Post
but for what I'm using it for (commuting), it's just not nimble enough to go in and out of the London's crawling traffic. I have to watch out for front foot clearance and as you pointed out, it's slower to react
Huh? In my experience Tricross is incredibly stable machine specifically at low speeds!! After Boroughs are worn out, get a pair of "fat" road tires, say, 700x28 or 700x25. I put a pair of Conti 4seasons and bike is like WOW! And they gotta be cheaper on your side of the pond....

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Originally Posted by sd_mike View Post
Just got back from a Century that could be classified as a cyclocross one. Freeway to singletrack, with lots of climbing, fun downhills, even some "run ups". Heck, I even had to carry across at least three barriers. Yes, I do enjoy my cross bike.
Heh, reminds me of a ride on a MUP recently where I suddenly encountered an enormous set of stairs (yeah, wtf?) Without breaking stride, I leapt off the bike, threw it over the shoulder, charged up the 50 odd steps, remounted, and just about made it out of sight of the confused pedestrians before I collapsed in a winded heap.

(I wish they'd start up cyclocross over here, it looks like fun...In the meantime, I can only pretend.)
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