"No problem Chad. When you say "as a road bike" what does that include? Group rides? Races? Gravel?
I'd say on thing to look for, if it's going to be a road/cx bike for you, is a low bottom bracket. And as blasphemous as it…"
"FWIW, my two fave file tread tires are the Happy Medium (35c or 40c) and Chicane and have had decent luck with them on Stan's rims (not the Alphas though). If the Chicane ever comes in a nylon version you might try that but the open tubular is…"
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
Three of those bikes always make it out to race day. I haven't raced cross on the Humber for a few years. If you watch some Blinkey junkyard 'cross videos and see a guy in a tweed suit on an English 3speed, you'll know who I am!
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.