Cyclocross

Discussion in 'Next Generation' started by KeSs, Sep 20, 2004.

  1. KeSs

    KeSs New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2004
    Messages:
    137
    Likes Received:
    2
    Anyone do it?
     
    Tags:


  2. racer dave

    racer dave New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2004
    Messages:
    18
    Likes Received:
    0
    Just got a cross bike (Kona- Jake the Snake) a few weeks ago. I joined the team out of the bike shop that I worked at over the summer and we're gonna race a season. I've been on a few training rides with them and this sport is AWESOME! It's just so much fun. It's a different kind of fun than road, but the atmosphere is so great and relaxed, and it's a huge challenge. My first race is this sunday and I cant wait. Anyone else doing it?


    -Dave

    Oh, and it's unbelievable how much it improves your handling abilities- I've gone on about 4 rides and I can already feel a difference!
     
  3. Cyclist14

    Cyclist14 New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2004
    Messages:
    555
    Likes Received:
    0
    I've been thinking of turning my steel frame roadie into a cyclocross bike. Road riding/racing is still more fun to me.:D
     
  4. Virenque

    Virenque New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2004
    Messages:
    1,211
    Likes Received:
    0
    I was thinking about turning my MTB to cyclocross bike, but it will cost too much and I don`t know if it`s possible! If we will have cyclocross races over the winter, I will already buy one! But we don`t have them anymore for plenty of years now! It will be great training over the winter because running is boring and it`s too cold to go on road..
     
  5. Cyclist14

    Cyclist14 New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2004
    Messages:
    555
    Likes Received:
    0
    An MTB is already almost a cyclocross bike and running is not boring.:D

    good luck
     
  6. Virenque

    Virenque New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2004
    Messages:
    1,211
    Likes Received:
    0
    Yes, almost! But there is still the difference between crosscountry and cyclocross! I don`t like MTB, but riding on macadam and paths with almost road bike must be great!
     
  7. li0scc0

    li0scc0 New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2004
    Messages:
    189
    Likes Received:
    0
    That is why I would like to try it, not necessarily to actually compete in cross but to improve handling. I was wondering your thoughts if offroad MTB riding improves handling to the extent cross riding would. I would think cyclocross riding would help more, as the bike set-up is "similar" to the road bike with the drop bars, etc. while MTB is just so different.
    Thanks, Steve
     
  8. racer dave

    racer dave New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2004
    Messages:
    18
    Likes Received:
    0
    I'd say for sure. Anything technical (relative to road) like cross or xc will definitely help the handling skills. I'm no expert, but I don't think it should make too much of a difference if you're using a mtb and not a cross bike. Yes, the position and handlebars might be similar to a road bike, but in the end, you're tuning the same skills that you'll be able to translate onto the road, no matter what you're riding in the dirt.

    Dave
     
  9. dice2833

    dice2833 New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2004
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    0
    This is my first season of Cyclocross. I have done two cross races.

    The first race, was extremely hilly. With two sets of barriers, and a set of logs to ride over. I took 2/15 on that race. I was in the lead, and as I went to ride over the logs, my front tire got caught in the logs, and I went ass over! The rest of the race I was all by myself.

    The other race, was yesterday. I didn't do too well. I had terrible nutrition the day before, and had heartburn during the entire race. It was a very flat course.

    Cross definitely helps your handling skills. Not only that, but the way you view racing. You become so much more alert of everything going on around you.

    They make great training races!
     
  10. whoawhoa

    whoawhoa New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2004
    Messages:
    1,029
    Likes Received:
    0
    Cross is great! It improves your bike handling abilites alot, as much as mountain biking, though in different ways. And the tactics are always interesting. My first cross race of the year was this weekend, and I won! shocked myself. Led from the gun and ended up winning by about 45 seconds. Congrat's Dice on your good results. Cross is so much fun!:)
     
  11. NegrosP

    NegrosP New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2004
    Messages:
    11
    Likes Received:
    0
    guys could you use a mtb in cyclocross or what should you change on you roadbike. before you can cyclocross with it
     
  12. dice2833

    dice2833 New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2004
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    0
    I don't know where you live, but in Iowa, for Cross Races, there is a seperate category for Mountain Bikes. The Categories here are Cat 1-5 races, Mountain Bike, Single Speed, Junior, Women, Masters...
     
  13. whoawhoa

    whoawhoa New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2004
    Messages:
    1,029
    Likes Received:
    0
    You can use a MTB for cross, I just might put some skinny tires on. Depends on your road bike. If it's not super super delicate, and you don't live in an area with super muddy courses, just through some cross tires on.
     
  14. jbbobj

    jbbobj New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2004
    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    0
    just announced a cyclo series at a local park near me so i'm going to give it a try. can anyone suggest a good cyclo bike (don't want to spend over $2500 USD). i've heard from some roadies that cyclo helped with their bike handling skills.


    thoughts?
     
  15. whoawhoa

    whoawhoa New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2004
    Messages:
    1,029
    Likes Received:
    0
    Congrat's on getting into cross. It is great training, a lot of fun, and does improve handling skills. As for bikes, I'll go on the low end of $2500 (anything at the upper end will be good)

    Surley Cross-Check: A good deal, about 800 I think? Not the lightest, but indestructible.

    Kona Jake the Snake: Great deal, good spec. Not sure on price.

    Any of the Redline Cross bikes are awesome deals, just pick which one suits your price range.
     
  16. racer dave

    racer dave New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2004
    Messages:
    18
    Likes Received:
    0
    I bought a 2004 Kona Jake the snake, and it retails at $1449. It's a great bike for a good price, and I highly recommend it. Good luck with the racing, and enjoy yourself!
     
Loading...
Loading...