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Cyclocross and road??alexbikes
Oct 23, 2002 3:40 PM
I have been an avid mtn biker for the past several years but would like to get into both cyclocross and road racing, entry level of course. Can I do both cyclocross and road races on the same bike? Do I simply switch out tires/wheelsets? Any recommendations on good bikes for beginners?
re: Cyclocross and road??atpjunkie
Oct 23, 2002 4:09 PM
no cx bikes are different in gearing, braking and geometry. Cross bikes put you a bit more upright and have higher BB's for offroad usage. They run different gear ratios and Chainring sizes for the same reason. You can get a cross bike, have an extra set of road wheels and a bigger big chainring and race but it won't be a full race bike as far as road specs. The higher BB's come in handy in a crit. Als a race cross bike usually lacks bottle mounts which are usually needed for road. For entry level you may get away with it with the above changes.
as far as bikes Lemond, Redline , Kona and Jamis all make good entry level cx bikes.
re: Cyclocross and road??triangleforge
Oct 24, 2002 5:35 AM
A beginning woman on my team did just that this past season -- actually, I can't seem to talk her into doing 'cross racing on her Jamis cyclocross bike, so all she did was road racing. Still, she tied for first in the District 20 Novice Women's points series, so it seemed to work OK. Eventually, you'll want to go to a straight road bike, but for getting started CX should work.

ATPJunkie's suggestions are apt -- for entry level racing in both disciplines, you can get away with a cyclocross bike by swapping wheels (or maybe just tires if you're really cheap) & the large chainring. Remember that the brakes will be reversed from the front/back orientation you're used to on your MTB (and, for that matter, on a standard road bike).

In road races you'll earn the sneers of all the other riders who think they NEED that Colnago C40 or Litespeed for novice races. Which will make it even sweeter if you can beat 'em!
And I say that as a diehard roadie who's learned by bitter experience to pay close attention to the guys who line up at a road race with hairy legs & mountain bike shoes!

re: Cyclocross and road??atpjunkie
Oct 24, 2002 9:12 AM
agree, there is nothing more enjoyable than tearing up a bunch of road snobs on their $4000 bikes with a cross rig and then bunny hopping a curb at the coffee shop in front of them. Cruising past MTBers comes a close second just for the shocked look on their face but they lack the necessarry snobitude to bring true bliss.
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Oct 24, 2002 11:15 AM
re: Cyclocross and road??alexbikes
Oct 24, 2002 4:01 PM
thanks for the help atp and triangle!
My (our) pleasure! and good luck!!!!!atpjunkie
Oct 24, 2002 5:12 PM
thanx for the props as well
My (our) pleasure! and good luck!!!!!bobobo
Oct 28, 2002 10:18 PM
I'm a roadie, but I'm thinking about buying a cross bike to use for both commuting and road training during the winter and spring months and really foul weather days. Is this a bad idea or not? I'd like to get a Foco steel cross bike with steel fork (possibly from Strong Frames) and build it with Campy 9 speed chorus drivetrain and Paul cantilever brakes, then run some kind of cross wheelset on it using Mavic CXP-33 rims, chorus hubs, and about a 700-28 or 700-30 slick cross tire. Is this doable and a good idea or should I avoid a cross bike altogether for road training and commuting? Thanks
My (our) pleasure! and good luck!!!!!atpjunkie
Oct 29, 2002 12:36 PM
same response above. good choice, save some dough and use Centaur!!