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Discussion in 'Pacific Northwest' started by elRey, Sep 28, 2005.

  1. elRey

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    ok, I want to start racing and riding more road. but I am also interested in cyclocross because I live in portland and everyone here is huge on cyclocross. I am wondering if I buy a road bike is it possible to race road on it and also use it for cyclocross(probably some races)?
    or vice versa(if i buy a cross bike would I be able to race some road on it as well as cyclocross?)

    i know i sound like a huge n00b :( :blah: :rolleyes:
     

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    I dont cross or road race but IMO I would go for the cross bike. You could do pretty much anything with it and the road bike would be a little more difficult without buying an extra set of heavy wheels and tire. With the cross I would start with the cross set up and maybe add an extra set of light rims and tires for road. There have been a couple cyclocross posters here so maybe they can add something.
     
  3. scottjustscott

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    Surly Cross Check; buy one!
     
  4. Heidi

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    I'd say no on the road bike. You will want beefier tires and frame. You CAN however, probably get by in a road race on a cyclocross bike.
     
  5. DBR X6 RIDER

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    Yeah, go cross (and, yes, the Cross Check is sweet). For cross-racing, you're going to use wider tires than a racing road bike would accomodate. Besides, if you show up at a road race on a cross bike then it would be a total mindf**k to the straight-up roadies. Some may scoff at you, but screw them - it's their problem, not yours. The rest would be totally intimidated, knowing that you race cross as well.:sneaky:

    p.s. - cross bikes have a higher bb clearance as well. That will help in both. For cross, it obviously gives you more room to roll the roots, etc. On the road, you can actually pedal thru corners a little better.
     
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    I just caved and got an old steel lugged schwinn prelude with columbus tubing. It only fits up to 25's.
     
  7. lucky13

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    All true, but the drawback of a CX rig is it's headtube angle, it'll feel like a steering a truck vs a sportscar in a road race. But, you could get used to it. Some hot complete CX bikes are made by Felt, Bianchi, Lemond, Trek and of course Redline. I'd go with one of the first two personally. (I'm kinda in the same boat, though I've got lots of other things to spend money on at the moment)
     
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    Agreed. if you need one bike, go with the CX. If you are used to a road bike, then you will notice a difference riding road on a CX bike. I used a CX bike for both and dont have any issues.

    K2 makes a nice entry level CX bike, the Enemy, and the suggestions by lucky above are also good choices.
     
  9. elRey

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    ok,
    I think I will go for the cross bike then. One of my friends has a Surly Cross Check and i think it looks like a pretty sweet bike. I think I might try for one of those. thanks for all your comments (keep them coming!) :) :)
     
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    Why isn't anyone mentioning the Kona Jake or Jake-The-Snake? Just curios because I was looking at those bikes...
     
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    Actually, I'm kind of partial to THIS one...seeing as I'm currently riding one.

    Lots of options for sure.
     
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    RhinofromWA Brevity R Us

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    I.....

    I think you just did. :think: :)
     
  13. Snacks

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    Is it okay if I do some CX races on my XC bike? The rules say it's cool but I'm more worried about some roadie gettin' all kranky on me :rolleyes:
     
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    You never know who is going to get all "cranky". I guess last year a cyclo-cross racer showed up wearing a skirt being the "cross dresser" he was and one of the NW champion racers got all upset. Word got around, would have definitely been funny to have been there.
     
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    They used to have a mt bike class, not sure if that's still true.
     
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    I remember at N. Seatac Cross Natz a few years back...some guy jumped in the middle of elite/pro race and rode a lap just in front of the leaders.....completely nude!!! (except for shoes and helmet)

    Funniest thing I've ever seen!!!!
     
  17. Snacks

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    No mtb class anymore...now they can then with everyone else.
     
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    I would find it humorous if the others got offended/threatened if you showed up on an XC rig. Sure, you'd have a slight advantage in some of the trail sections, but they'd smoke you hard on the road portions of the courses. That is unless they can't ride a bike too well.:think:
     
  19. Snacks

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    I'm mainly doing the races to get back in shape after my injury, not to set any records :)
     
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    Even more of a reason that I'd die laughing if somebody got uptight about your prescence.
    You'll also get a bird's-eye-view of the racing as an added bonus. Races can sometimes be boring to watch if the course is spread out and tucked in the woods.
     
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    Roadies are a cranky lot anyway. Ever try to wave hello when you meet one on the road? :eviltongu
     
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    Uh no! I don't want to take one hand off the wheel. Didn't you take drivers ed? 10 and 2 my son! :nope:
     
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    I meant while you were riding too
     
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    YOu can use an XC bike as long as your remove any forward pointing bar ends.
     
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    I don't ride on the road. It's too dangerous :nope:
     
  26. lucky13

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    I remember that! We (Controltech crowd) were making "cracks" at how much sand and mud he'd be scrubbing out of his,...

    There was a throwdown on one of the portage climbs between a crosser and a mtbcrosser too.

    Be polite, it's their sport and in general they're happy to have ya along. No mud wrestling.