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Can you guys explain this cyclocross thing to me?(12 posts)

Can you guys explain this cyclocross thing to me?ridenaz
Sep 12, 2002 10:17 AM
I am currently a mountain biker and a friend got a road bike and got me interested in that. So when I was looking around at road bikes, I saw some cyclocross bikes for sale. To me, they look like beefed up road bikes with more aggressive tires. Do you ride on and off-road? Is it just as good on the road as a road bike? Because my mountain bike isn't very good on the road. I was thinking of getting an extra wheelset with slicks to use on my mtn bike, but if I can find something for not too much more, I may as well get a bike that will feel a lot better on the road. Plus, I want to at least have a chance riding with my roadie friend. Any comments/suggestions would really help. Thanks
Some helpful linksadventurefind
Sep 12, 2002 10:33 AM
Go here and click on the "what is" button: http://www.toastedhead.com/race.html

http://www.cyclo-cross.com/frames.htm
http://members.aol.com/napavelo/intro.htm
re: Can you guys explain this cyclocross thing to me?climbo
Sep 12, 2002 10:35 AM
you can ride cross bikes on or off road but if you want to road ride more, get a road bike. The handling is different and geometry varies between cross bikes and road bikes too.
re: Can you guys explain this cyclocross thing to me?atpjunkie
Sep 12, 2002 1:54 PM
cross bikes are "almost" road bikes. They lack the big gears of roadies but mounted with slicks you can keep up with an average group. Crossers tend to be bike nuts, retrogrouches, non conformist phreaks who enjoy riding at a pace just below puking.
We are a interesting little sub culture like single speeders but we have a hell of a lot of fun obtaining a perverse pleasure on our funny bikes. It's your choice but if you can only buy one bike, maybe a roadie would be a better choice. If ya wanna get dirty or commute then get the cxer
re: "... who enjoy riding at a pace just below puking..."Velocipedio
Sep 12, 2002 2:43 PM
What's this just below puking thing? ;)
re: "... who enjoy riding at a pace just below puking..."atpjunkie
Sep 12, 2002 6:59 PM
actually I just did the MTB track behind my office on the cx, yes actually "burped up" a little bit. Held basically a sprint pace for an hour averaging 14.7 + mph on a fairly hilly course. oh pain sweet pain. was fun blowing by guys on their fully's and body armour.
we are a sick tribe.
re: "... who enjoy riding at a pace just below puking..."tony d
Sep 12, 2002 9:30 PM
You nailed the tribe on the head! My family is from Puerto Rico,I should be playing baseball in July, not riding/running in the mud in December. Why? 'Cause I'm stupid for the pain of cross.
Even the puking is painful. It's not that wonderful puking you do that makes you feel better when its done. It's more like the the dry heaves that that never materialize into a full vomit, just leaving you with alot of spit mixed with that nasty vomit taste,and maybe,if you're lucky some remnants of the previous night's carbo-loading. I would like to wish all the cx'ers a great cross season, I love you all!!!!!!
re: Can you guys explain this cyclocross thing to me?shawniemc
Sep 13, 2002 7:42 AM
>If ya wanna get dirty or commute then get the cxer

Just to clarify...A lot of bike commuters (who would otherwise be riding road bikes) have been switching to CX due to the bike's toughness and clearance for winter studs.
re: Can you guys explain this cyclocross thing to me?atpjunkie
Sep 13, 2002 10:00 AM
Great commuters, good for potholes, dirt paths, consrtuction zones and the more upright position gives you better sight and visibility. plus it's easier to walk into a coffee shop / juice bar / tavern with mtb shoes than road penguins
I crossed over because...TCN
Sep 13, 2002 12:21 PM
My commute was a combination of dirt and pavement. Not good for my roadbike and my mountain bike was a PITA for the distance on pavement. Sorta' like driving a tractor for 50 miles.

Only then did I discover how freaking fun this bike was. Things that had become boring and run of the mill on my mountain bike were now a challenge. I am a far stronger rider because of it. Hardly touch the mountain bike anymore.
I crossed over because...shawniemc
Sep 13, 2002 12:53 PM
>Hardly touch the mountain bike anymore.

How about your road bike?
The road bike...TCN
Sep 13, 2002 1:24 PM
Honestly... If I have a choice between road and mountain, the mountain will win every time. Consquently, the road bike wasn't getting ridden that much to begin with.

Don't get me wrong I love riding it. I liken it to driving a ferrari as compared to a desert racer but I absolutely hate cars/traffic. I ride to relax and enjoy myself and sometimes to just get away from people. That's hard for me to do when I'm constantly worried about getting blindsided at the next intersection or buzzed by some dink in an suv who doesn't think I should be there. It only takes one jerk to ruin an entire day and I'm less likely to find that jerk on a trail.

While I commute,I hold my breath until I hit the dirt. Not uncommon to get cut off, honked at or squeezed out of a lane. Just not fun to ride the roads here.

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