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Anybody race with a Cross Check?

Old 07-08-13, 10:23 PM
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Anybody race with a Cross Check?

I just bought my new Surly CC complete a couple of months ago. Right now it's my commuter with rack, panniers, lights and slicks but when the next season rolls around I want to try my first race. Other then taking off my commuter stuff and putting the cross tires on is there anything else I should do? I figure I need to switch to sti shifters or retroshifters and abandon the bar end shifters?

What are the best places to find races in my area? I found this already https://socalcross.org/, any other sites?
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I used to have a Cross Check, though not with the standard parts. I raced it a couple of times. A lot of people in this area race on Cross Checks.

You don't need to do anything to make it race worthy. There are some things you might want to do, but they're all optional. Retroshift levers would be a good place to start. You can get the bare levers and re-use your bar end shifters.
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Thanks. I was thinking about switching to v brakes since I noticed Retroshift has levers that support them. I have a few projects/upgrades I want to do like maybe changing over to a 1x9 set up. I'm usually on the 48 t ring all the time. I want to get shorter crank arms but I was thinking of just swapping out to a 46 t crankset with the shorter cranks.

Any advice on other places I can look to find races in my area?
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A 1x9 setup works great for CX racing, but a 46T ring may be bigger than you'd want. You spend a lot of time accelerating from low speeds in a CX race. I think a 38T or 39T ring is more common. To make the chainline work well, the middle ring position of a road triple crankset is ideal, but the inside ring of a double is also OK.

If you go 1x9 you'll also need some way to handle chain retention. Typically, this involves a chain catcher on the inside and a bash guard of some sort on the outside, though other options are available.

V-brakes are a great option, especially if mud clearance isn't a primary issue, which I suspect it isn't in your area.

I'm afraid I can't help much with finding races in your area. When this forum is more active (in the fall), I think there are usually a couple of people around who might be able to help you. Maybe one of them will speak up now. You might also try browsing the archives of the CX racing subforum. There is usually an annual thread there for posting links to races and that might help you find relevant web sites.
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Thanks for the advice. I think 38 t would be too small for my main use of the bike (commuting). At least too small for my preference. So I guess keeping the 2x9 with the 36/48 makes sense for me
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Try https://www.bikereg.com/Net/events/Cyclocross-Races/

racing on a Cross Check is OK - it is a heavy bike though. If you are out of shape, the weight of the bike is the least of your concerns though. The best upgrade is to your motor, keeping your heart-rate up to redline for 40+ minutes is key.
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Originally Posted by Erik_A
Try https://www.bikereg.com/Net/events/Cyclocross-Races/

racing on a Cross Check is OK - it is a heavy bike though. If you are out of shape, the weight of the bike is the least of your concerns though. The best upgrade is to your motor, keeping your heart-rate up to redline for 40+ minutes is key.
Thanks. I'm in pretty good shape but I'm sure I'm not in cyclocross shape. I'll be perfectly happy with just finishing my first race and then take it from there
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Nah just pick up a single speed Cross Bike, you will have as Much fun as the rest of them ,
& if you fall theres less to bend up , to not be able to commute to work monday on your 1 bike.


Single speed 1 x 9 usually have a 42t , anything lower needed , jump off, shoulder the bike, and run.
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