Just to make sure a simple alternative isn't an option - what's your rear cassette? If it's a 12+ you could jump to an 11, which would give you an equivalent front ring bigger than a 50 (50.6).
I'm pretty sure you…"
"Michael, any bigger ring will hit the chainstays? I have a similar issue not with chainrings but with the chainring bolts. I'm curious too but haven't spent any time investigating it. Are you trying to run a single ring? If so could you…"
Good luck with that. You've gotten some good advice that I tend to agree with. I'll add to it by saying definitely consider your bike handling skills, distaste for crashing or slipping out. While a file tread may be faster on…"
The Bay Area will miss you, but glad you'll make the long drive back for some races. Maybe if we get some early snow, I can catch a ride back with you and hit some powder? What's the new job, can I ask?
"I'm obviously biased in that I wrote some of that stuff, but I think Campy shifters hold up pretty well in cx, and pairing with a Shimano Low Normal (rapid rise) rear derailleur works nicely to:
1) make the ergonomics better for cx (downshift…"
i've been racing bikes since 7, and now that I'm a master, I guess I have to admit that's a damn long time. I did my first 'cross race in '91 in new england, and have been hooked since in a bad way.
Current Bike Collection:
yes, i've got a problem.
cross: GSR (by sycip), bianchi cross concept, zebrakenko (ss), mondiale ti, airborne ti, kona yee-haw (commuter), dean 853.
road: what's that? '93 cannondale 2.8, specialized tarmac pro
mountain: bridgetsone mb-3, gary fisher procaliber oclv, trek olv stp, fisher 29er, biscayne old school 80's mtb
calfee custom bamboo cyclocross
Favorite thing about cyclocross:
1) simplicity of riding your bike over any surface as fast as possible
3) spectator friendly
5) keeps me off the couch just when my less-evolved body wants to hibernate and pack on the pounds
Holy Crap! I just received issue 10 in the mail today are you freaking kidding me? It is AWESOME! The new layout is absolutely wonderful and I noticed that there are more ads BUT they are pertinent to Cyclocross… bravo. See you at Starcrossed!
No sweat. I have a stock redline cro-mo (or whatever alloy) fork. I just set it up with a steer tube cable stop high straddle cable and way toed in pads. This worked fine when dry but wet weather is a different story my next thing I going to try per the issue 8 article is shorter road style pads. But I'm in no big rush I'm waiting for the shorty ultimate’s, then I'll really worry about set up. Hey! also the tubular wheel test/buyers guide in 8 was well put together , not just specs, but real world insight. I would have never known that $220 could get me a complete wheelset! Thanks again...
Andrew, fork chatter article was well done and timely! I was on that forum thread with the person who was putting motor oil on their rims! One lingering question I had was about rider weight. I would assume that the heavier the rider the worse the chatter, what are your thoughts? Thanks and I can’t say enough how awesome the site, forum and especially the print mag is.