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Bike choice for dirt road race

Old 09-16-12, 08:33 PM
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Bike choice for dirt road race

I want to ride in a race this weekend that is mostly dirt road with some two track and a sliver of single track. From last year pictures and a description online it seems to be half cyclocross bikes and hard tail mountain bikes. I would like to know your opinion. I have a trek 1.1 road bike and an old trek 4500 bike that fd won't shift to big ring on crank. Could I use cross tires on my road bike or use the mountain bike?

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A 29er mountain bike ..
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Will CX tires even fit in your 1.1?
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Use the road bike with cross tires.
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If the tires fit on the 1.1 I'd use that. If not, then I'd say the decision is already made.
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If cross tires will fit the road bike take that without a doubt.

Here are some cross tires that run narrow.

Kenda Karv
Kenda Small Block 8 in "32mm" (they run super narrow)
Panaracer Cross Blaster

I would make sure the bike would fit a true 28mm tire before trying any of these.

Looking up D2R2 bikes would be a good way to see what other people have run on road bikes for these kind of conditions.
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Originally Posted by bclawrence
I want to ride in a race this weekend that is mostly dirt road with some two track and a sliver of single track. From last year pictures and a description online it seems to be half cyclocross bikes and hard tail mountain bikes. I would like to know your opinion. I have a trek 1.1 road bike and an old trek 4500 bike that fd won't shift to big ring on crank. Could I use cross tires on my road bike or use the mountain bike?

Thanks for the help.
Ronda Van Stony race? I'll be there with a cross bike Weather doesn't look to great, but should make for a nice dirty race right? !
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Yes it was the Ronde Van Stony. I took the mountain bike. The weather changed last min and turned out to be nice for the race.
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Originally Posted by bclawrence
Yes it was the Ronde Van Stony. I took the mountain bike. The weather changed last min and turned out to be nice for the race.
The weather turned out perfect I though, I actually put on one to many layers. Did you get the FD working on the bike, and how did you like the race? Going to do the Lowell 50 next month, should be a fun race.
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I really liked the race. It was my first bike race other than a few sprint distance triathlons earlier this year. I messed up and only brought one bottle of water and no food for the race. I bonked bad during the race. Don't think I will do the lowell 50. I wasn't even in good enough shape to do the stony. Lol. I got the fd to work OK. I was one of the ones that got lost and missed the turn back into the park. I will get in better shape and try again next year.
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Props to you for showing up and making the start! The weather had me wondering if I wanted to get all cold and muddy or not, but dang if it didn't turn out perfect. The lowell race has a 28 mile route you can enter, and from what I hear is quite a bit less difficult than the stony. See you next year at Stony again though, that was an excellent time.. punishing but a great experiance.
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28 miles sounds much better than 40. Will wait and see ,but yes see you next year.
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