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Now that the season has ended, what changes to make for 2010?

Old 12-09-09, 10:04 AM
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Originally Posted by jonestr View Post
Are you talking riding MTB trails on your cross bike or just riding MTBs (I bet real mountain bikers laugh at us for calling them MTBs.) I am all for riding cross bikes on MTB trails, but I remain unconvinced that riding MTBs is the best way to make a cross rider a better bike handler.
Riding a mountain bike on challenging trails will make you a better and more complete cyclist, period. And therefore a better cross racer. Instead of picking your way through the safe lines, you learn to take the fast lines. And yes, it transfers to cross.

Now, if only there were some good mtb trails in the vicinity of Albuquerque....
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Old 12-09-09, 01:43 PM
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I'm actually thinking of losing the double for a 1x10 set up in 2010...I did my first 4 races this year and found myself in the 36 about 90% of the time only using the 46 on the occasional flat/pavement. Would love to upgrade the wheelset to tubular and pickup a better set of brakes (vs. the avid shorty 4's i'm running now.)

What do you guys typically run 1x10? A 40 or 42 front with an 11-27 out back?
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Old 12-09-09, 03:34 PM
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42 up front is the norm with a lot of people just using a 39 since they already have it. cassette choice depends on what front ring you use and your strengths and weaknesses. I run a 1x9 with a 42 and 13-26. The first season I ran that gearing it felt too big and I was always in the 3 biggest gears but this year I felt I was under geared often wishing I had a bigger gear especially at starts.
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Old 12-09-09, 04:28 PM
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big change will be simply to have a cross specific bike...i got my taste with converting/modifying two old 90s steel frames, but aside from getting my own engine to do the power churning, i need an under 20 pound bike at least no more than 2 years old....i think a single 1x9 gearing will be fine....might build up or just buy a ready to go bike since folks are probably getting rid of some rides....at this point, i want aluminum, maybe some carbon on it (fork/seat post): giant tcx, raleigh rx...no more frankenghettoizing...that was fun, i got alot of love (especially at rockville/marysville!), but i am ready to compete now.

and yes, mountain biking definitely kept me a head of at least about 1/4 of the field....i lose out on the flats terribly....but i realized i gained like crazy on the obstacles and technicals THANKS to mountain biking.
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Old 12-09-09, 04:34 PM
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Next time we head up to Tahoe I'm taking the CX bike (even if there's still snow on the ground) and bomb around Burton Creek. I consider myself a good bike handler for a roadie, but I know I can't hold a candle to the MTBers. I just need to spend more time on dirt.
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Old 12-10-09, 02:25 AM
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Originally Posted by flargle View Post
Riding a mountain bike on challenging trails will make you a better and more complete cyclist, period. And therefore a better cross racer. Instead of picking your way through the safe lines, you learn to take the fast lines. And yes, it transfers to cross.

Now, if only there were some good mtb trails in the vicinity of Albuquerque....
I think this is also bike dependent as MTBs are pretty forgiving with respect to line choice. I guess I just dont buy the argument that it will make me a better cross racer for the fact that the MTBs I have ridden handle far differently than my cross bike, so I am leary as to how much positive transfer there is to cross racing.

I would also add that fast lines on a MTB can be terrible lines for a cross bike, and this again comes down to knowing your bike, and the only way to do that is to ride the bike you are racing on.

For a little background on me, I raced MTBs for 5 years, then switched over to road, and got into cross racing last season. I think the only thing my MTB background did was let me know that you can ride bikes off road, but since I have developed a different skill set to ride a cross bike in technical situations that didnt have a whole lot to do with how I would ride a MTB with 2"+ travel fork and tires nearly twice the width of cross tires.
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Old 12-10-09, 06:52 AM
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Originally Posted by jonestr View Post
For a little background on me, I raced MTBs for 5 years, then switched over to road, and got into cross racing last season. I think the only thing my MTB background did was let me know that you can ride bikes off road, but since I have developed a different skill set to ride a cross bike in technical situations that didnt have a whole lot to do with how I would ride a MTB with 2"+ travel fork and tires nearly twice the width of cross tires.
What do you mean "switched over"?
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Old 12-13-09, 09:33 AM
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I must have done something right this year because I finished with my two best ever results in the last two races of the season. The one thing that I am going to incorporate in my training is some running drills. I found myself often getting passed in sandy sections that required running.
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Old 12-14-09, 04:33 PM
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Originally Posted by bitterken View Post
What are you guys thinking for next year?
I am thinking a) actually training and not getting on the bike for the first time in years in September and b) drop 30 pounds. I might actually be fast then. At least average.
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Old 12-14-09, 10:26 PM
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1) Make the Leap. (Actually, I already made the leap; installed SRAM on my 'cross bikes today)

2) Wait patiently for the Avid Ultimates to come out.

3) Change gears from the road/mtb season much much earlier. Never found my topend this season.
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Old 12-15-09, 07:07 AM
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Originally Posted by fatroadie View Post
I am thinking a) actually training and not getting on the bike for the first time in years in September and b) drop 30 pounds. I might actually be fast then. At least average.
Bought an HR Monitor for training. Let's see how that goes.
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Old 01-05-10, 10:56 AM
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Install the Paul chain guard so as to avoid, hopefully, dropped chains when I'm tired and sloppy.
Be in better shape so I don't get tired and sloppy during the races.
Get a better base this winter leading into road season, which will lead into a better 'cross season and help with both of the above.
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Old 01-07-10, 02:07 PM
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Not listed in order of importance:
-Work on core strength
-Be smarter and more consistent with my training
~for above, I bought a HRM and a couple of books
~developing a training plan and monitoring plan
-MTB rides this spring and summer (maybe a race or two)
-Study Simon Burney's book
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Old 03-30-10, 07:46 AM
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I thought I'd add my two cents -

First changes I made were to my stem and handlebars - I went with a wider set (44 CM from 42) and lengthened my stem from 100 to 120 mm as I was a bit cramped. These changes significantly improved my bike handling and comfort. the Seat to handlebar drop is around 5 CM or 2 inches - frankly I wish it was a bit less but it's still comfortable (actually, I'm curious what type of drop you guys are running). Overall, the wider/longer handlebars really helped with out-of-the-saddle sprints and climbs - much more stable - like night and day.

My biggest change is overall training. I made the mistake last year of doing too much high-intensity interval training and not enough zone 4 work to build a good base. Hence, midway through the first lap I was pretty much shot and just had to grind it out. I think base building is going to be key this spring and summer with lots of off-road trail rides on my cx bike.

Lastly, I'm trying to keep up a light weight training regiment. Over the winter, I've incorporated some light lunges with two 40lb weights and also some deadlifts, with 45-50lb weights in each hand. This had a tremendous effect on my muscular endurance - judging from the few rides I did this winter, especially up hill.
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Old 04-06-10, 11:02 PM
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First off, I rolled a tubie this last season, so I'll be gluing them on "Belgian Style" this season.

I probably won't be racing road this season. Maybe a few mountain races. No priority races, in any case. This should allow me to better prepare for CX season, as opposed to last year where I was burning at both ends, starting collegiate MTB season in September, moving in collegiate road in February, USAC road in July, and CX in October.

Started a training journal in February that really helps keep track of my workouts and identifying precipitating causes of illness, injury, whatever.

Finally got rid of my stutter step, just a couple weeks ago.

I was working with a new bike last season that wasn't completely dialed in, which led to a couple mechanical-induced DNFs. Those are now fixed.

Graduated in summer and started a new job, which is pretty physical in nature. I have also started rock climbing. And more core work. And a little yoga. The result of this being more upper body mass and core/back/shoulder strength. My training time has been reduced to about 60% of the time I was getting in last year, and has overall been flatter but with similar or increased intensity. I think with all of these changes I'll see some changes in myself as a rider, going from a scrawny endurance climber at 5"11 and 140, to a more power-based rider coming in around 150.

Start running a couple miles a week.

Keep working on those handling skills.
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