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Jake the Snake on the Road

Old 04-20-08, 12:01 PM
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Jake the Snake on the Road

Posted this in the cyclocross forum as well:

At the moment I have two bikes: a Bianchi road bike and a Surly Cross-Check. The Bianchi I use mainly for shorter road rides and fast group rides. The Cross-Check I use for EVERYTHING else (off road, light touring, cross-racing-hilarity). My problem is that I bought the Bianchi a few years ago when I didn't know enough about bike fitting to realize that the guy at my LBS also didn't know jack about bike fitting. As a result my roadie is one (possibly two) sizes too big for me, which is wreaking havoc on my body.

Recently I found a great deal on a used Jake the Snake frameset. Im considering snagging it and moving my 105 group from the Bianchi over to it. My idea is to then use it to race cross on and for my road rides. My question is: will I regret having a JTS as my primary road ride?
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Old 04-20-08, 12:24 PM
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what are we, gypsy fortune tellers?

proper fit > engine > tyre selection > frame geometry

In short, with proper tyre selection and a good engine, you can keep up with a group ride no problem on a CX bike.
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my jake the snake has been my road bike as well as my cross bike ever since my cervelo was stolen last fall. the only change i've made is to swap out the tires - i didnt even change the gearing (which hasnt been a huge problem). never raced it, but i havent felt limited by its geometry / weight on fast group rides. that said, i was looking all winter for a replacement and just ebay'd a road bike and can't wait to take it out...
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Originally Posted by AEO View Post
what are we, gypsy fortune tellers?

proper fit > engine > tyre selection > frame geometry

In short, with proper tyre selection and a good engine, you can keep up with a group ride no problem on a CX bike.
I'd swap tire selection for "wheel/tire combination" and engine for "engine and body mass"
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