I'm new to the CX scene; although, I have been riding mountain bikes since 1990. I just bought my first cross bike in Dec. '14. A used Cross-Check for $500. I've scene and read about this world of cross, and figured I'd like to give it a try. However, a 6'-05" 300 lbs man looks a bit clownish on these skinny tired bikes, but what the hell. It's all for fun.