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Cyclocross on the cheap

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jon L Sep 29, 2012. 53 Replies

Is it possible?I ride a road bike, back in the saddle after a lengthy absence and cyclocross is all new to me. I went to see my first race on Saturday at Morris Plains in New Jersey. It looks a hell…Continue

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Mar 3, 2013
Jon L replied to Matthew Margritier's discussion Intro/Suggestions
"Matthew, I'm in a pretty similar position only I'm part way on with a build of a Planet X Uncle John frame I picked up cheap. It's not a perfect CX bike but it will surfice for my abilities and ambitions (finish a race or two next…"
Nov 25, 2012
Jon L replied to Jon L's discussion Cyclocross on the cheap
"The baby's arrived."
Sep 29, 2012
ERIC LEWIS replied to Jon L's discussion Cyclocross on the cheap
"this years cx bike is home made too. This time I took my old 26" mtb and added disc brakes. Of course frame mods were necessary!"
Sep 25, 2012
Jon L replied to Matty's discussion Looking for help making my bike lighter w/o braking the bank
"I get that it's a big part of racing at a competitive level. But a lard arse like me could shave major weight just by skipping the odd snack. Much respect on the IM."
Sep 25, 2012
Jon L replied to Matty's discussion Looking for help making my bike lighter w/o braking the bank
"Serious question, what's the advantage of shaving a few grams here and there off your bike v dropping a few pounds from your body? I could probably loose 20lbs and not miss it (that's nearly a whole bike for some of you guys)."
Sep 24, 2012
Jon L replied to Jon L's discussion Cyclocross on the cheap
"Small world. I guess when the credit-card bill comes in I can blame you and your Van Dessel! This is going to be a long term project. Cost wise and fitness wise. I think I can plod all day on the roads but the hell for leather intensity of CX???…"
Sep 23, 2012
C La B replied to Jon L's discussion Cyclocross on the cheap
"Yeah,  That sod was me.  I was just lucky to get in the truck before the deluge!  We call the truck "The Oyster" by the way.  That bike is worth more than the truck itself.  :-) It was either the bike or a gym…"
Sep 21, 2012
Jon L replied to Jon L's discussion Cyclocross on the cheap
"Sorry, I should have added the frame and fork were on sale. $347s the lot including shipping. Seems like a pretty good deal for someone like me who just wants to give it a go and have some fun."
Sep 20, 2012
Jon L replied to Jon L's discussion Cyclocross on the cheap
"I'd put all thoughts of CX out of my mind. Everytime I got a few bucks saved a bill came in to take care of it. Then I was in my local park, Brookdale the other weekend and saw a guy doing laps on a Van Dessel and I got a touch envious. then…"
Sep 20, 2012
Jon L replied to Jon L's discussion Cyclocross on the cheap
"Still saving, it's not easy with three kids, the guilt of spending a few bucks on yourself, and putting in the miles on the road. By God this New Jersey heat wave is killing me. Roll on The Fall."
Jul 5, 2012
Jon L replied to Marko Rajkovic's discussion Jamis Nova Pro 58
"Doesn't sound like they got much help at the LBS then?"
Jul 5, 2012
C La B replied to Jon L's discussion Cyclocross on the cheap
"Check Campmor (in Paramus) for a sale.  They are also a Kona dealer.  They might have the same sale going on, or you might be able to talk them down to a similar price.  Alternatively, see if the Boulder store can ship to…"
Feb 14, 2012
Jon L replied to Jon L's discussion Cyclocross on the cheap
"Found a 2011 Kona Jake on the www last night for $699s brand new , Boulder but Kona won't let the store ship to Nj. That's un American!"
Feb 14, 2012
Jon L replied to Jon L's discussion Cyclocross on the cheap
"Nice one Eric. That's the type of ride I'm leaning towards. Of-course I'd love a $2000 ride but I live in the real world. Most impressive pal. "
Dec 28, 2011
ERIC LEWIS replied to Jon L's discussion Cyclocross on the cheap
"here's a photo of my $320 converted hybrid. It works great for this 47 yr old newbie."
Dec 28, 2011

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Hometown:
Leeds
Current Bike Collection:
Bianchi steel framed Campione road bike

Planet X Uncle John frame - slowly adding bits as finances allow.
Favorite thing about cyclocross:
Haven't started yet
How long have you been racing cyclocross?
Haven't yet
Racing category:
noob

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