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How is it thatcyclopath
Jan 21, 2003 7:09 AM
CX guys and girls are generally normal, easy-going, like-a-beer-now-and-then people, as opposed to so many of the anally equipment and self obsessed "pure" roadies.

Is it the MTB link - if that exists? Is it the higher level of fitness that makes them more able to relax about life more? Or is it just something about the very nature of the activity that attracts a more laid-back persona?

Just a thought...
Who knowsadventurefind
Jan 21, 2003 8:10 AM
WHo knows...I am with you on that one.
Who knowsatpjunkie
Jan 21, 2003 12:14 PM
it's the nature of "fringe" sports. Sociologically it is considered a tribal thing. Like MTB in it's early days, when the tribe is small, marginalized and shares "mutual suffering" they tend to be far friendlier as the "tribe" seems "special". Anyone who goes through the suffering of cx welcomes anyone else who's sick enough to join. (BLESS US ALL.)
as things get more popular the tribe is forced to break into smaller groups and then all the BS starts. ie...MTB today, freeride vs. downhill vs. XC etc....
CX lacks the gear snob/ tech weeinism as most 'gear-ego cyclists' stick to the safety of the road as it's easier to look down ones nose in a slow peloton than the pukefest we race in. Besides who can feel good about their fancy gruppos while they are getting their A$$ handed to them by an animal on a Frankenbike.
it's the same in the surfing cultures of Northern and Southern California. In the North where the water is cold and the fish are big, the surfers are a far nicer bunch than their spoiled, children of affluence counterparts here in So-Cal. In NorCal you are happy to have someone to surf with, in SoCal you try to avoid the crowds.
I agree (nm)adventurefind
Jan 21, 2003 1:19 PM
I agree (nm)
Who knowsHeavyD
Jan 21, 2003 2:57 PM
I think another factor is the difference in the two sports. Road riding is done in tight packs where a nervous rider can ruin your whole day. Most road riders I know are nice guys & gals away from their bikes. It only takes a few bad experiences to make you wary of strangers at the group ride. I think alot of times this caution comes across as unfriendly and cold to new riders, especially if you are coming from a MTB background. My favorite thing about CX is the frankenbike riders. There is a guy here, I only see him at CX series, who rides a pawn store special in jeans and tennis shoes and kills everybody in the B race.
Jeans guy on a Frankenbikeatpjunkie
Jan 21, 2003 5:31 PM
those characters keep the technosnobs in line. I still think roadies just pack more attitude because they think they are super EuroCool. passed a 3 pack today on my cx bike commuting. First the want to look down at me, then they realize they are getting passed by a guy on dirt tires. oh the humiliation!
Who knowsdlbcx
Jan 22, 2003 6:27 AM
It is a tough sport. The thought of hopping off your bike then jumping over barriers scares off many roadies. Also, getting muddy and slogging up a steep runup isn't very appealing either. This is the feedback I hear from my teammates.
Here in NorCal, I have seen some techie stuff, like carbon frames and carbon wheels, but for the most part, the high end gear doesn't guarantee that you will win. It still comes down to the rider and technique.
Someone told me that if you aren't suffering and crashing, you ain't going fast enough. Also, he told me that if you don't hear any creaking from your bike, you ain't racing.
amen (nm)atpjunkie
Jan 22, 2003 12:08 PM