"Bike-fit is key in so many ways -- this too, apparently. I can't recommend a professional fitting enough.
I think whichever position you choose should optimize your performance, but you should also consider your level of bike handling ability.…"
"yeah... 'cross bikes do make really great commuters, but if you putting in serious commuting miles in all conditions, etc. expect to do a lot of maintenance and replace things often -- not the best situation to be in if you race the same bike…"
"andrew is pretty much spot on. i've used both Bell Laps and "regular" road drops and feel like the road drops are gonna be the ones i stick w/. another factor to think about though is frame geometry (sloping top tube?) or how you run…"
"how big are your feet? mine are pretty big (EUR 48/US 13) and i get a little toe overlap on every bike i ride. track bike was ridiculous and cx is the least, but still there.
only time i bit it because of overlap was on the track bike -- but i gave…"
"yeah... i am very partial to a 1x9 setup too--and i do have an Ultegra 9sp group on the bike ready for the '09 cx season, but i am tempted to go w/ a compact double and 10sp RIVAL if i can afford it... it's got me that enthused."