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    Cyclocross FAQ's and best tips

    Post them here!

    I will start:

    "What should I upgrade first" Your race wheels to tubulars. If money is tight by some good conditional Al tubular wheels, and spend the money on the tubular tires. Equipment wise, tires matter more than nearly anything else in cross.
    Dr. Cox: Lady, people aren't chocolates. Do you know what they are mostly? Bastards. Bastard-coated bastards with bastard fillings. But I don't find them half as annoying as I find naive bubble-headed optimists who walk around vomiting sunshine.

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    What should I do to get rid of brake shudder?

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    Dr. Cox: Lady, people aren't chocolates. Do you know what they are mostly? Bastards. Bastard-coated bastards with bastard fillings. But I don't find them half as annoying as I find naive bubble-headed optimists who walk around vomiting sunshine.

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    Dr. Cox: Lady, people aren't chocolates. Do you know what they are mostly? Bastards. Bastard-coated bastards with bastard fillings. But I don't find them half as annoying as I find naive bubble-headed optimists who walk around vomiting sunshine.

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    Disc Brakes on Cyclocross Bikes.

    Whats the lowdown on Disc Brakes for Cross Bikes?

    Are they legal to run in racing?

    In UCI Races - They are not legal to run. UCI Rules forbid them.

    http://forums.roadbikereview.com/sho...highlight=disc

    EDIT 06-23-2010 - Per UCI Rules due in July 2010, Discs are now legal in UCI races

    http://forums.roadbikereview.com/sho...d.php?t=216087


    In USAC Races - They are legal to run. USAC Rules do not forbid them. Run them if you want to.

    Are there any Cross bikes with Disc Brakes that are readily available?

    http://forums.roadbikereview.com/sho...highlight=disc
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    Can I convert an old road bike into a cyclocross bike?

    Can I convert an old road bike into a cyclocross bike?

    Obviously it can be done, however with most road bikes and the brakes installed on them, most road bikes do not have enough clearance to run appropriate cross tires. Even more rarely do they have enough clearance for mud.

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    Cross bikes can often be found very inexpensively after the season, so converting an existing road bike is often a false economy.......
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    Why are Skinsuit the thing?

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    how about a link to cross bike sizing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suprcivic
    how about a link to cross bike sizing.
    Check out the articles here.
    http://www.cycle-smart.com/Articles/index.html

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    This thread is brilliant. Will we still find things to talk about come autumn?

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    New UCI rules Changes for 2010

    http://velonews.competitor.com/2010/...r-tires_122744

    Changes to:

    Barrier qty and description
    Disc Brake Usage
    Feed usage and restrictions
    Tire Width

    Again, these are UCI rules and may not apply in all cases (tires, brakes) to USAC races or outlaw races
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    What kind of bike shoes do you use for cyclocross?

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    Its a thread that I started but unoveloce's response was very helpful when learning canti setup at the start of my cross wrench.
    http://forums.roadbikereview.com/sho...d.php?t=145425

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    I have a question about frame material. What is the benefit to a steel frame or aluminum frame?

    What about forks? Carbon, Steel, Aluminum?

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    Frame Materials for Cyclocross

    Frame material for cross bikes is a regular topic for discussion at races and on the forums. 2010 seems also to be the year that Carbon cross frames will gain a bigger foothold than before.

    Carbon forks have been de rigueur for quite some time in cross, but a good steel unicrown or lugged fork is still a very popular choice. Aluminum forks such as the Kinesis were never very popular and as a result are rather more rare than Carbon or Steel.

    Sheldon Brown does a great job of breaking down frame materials at this link.

    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/frame-materials.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rok63
    What kind of bike shoes do you use for cyclocross?
    Mountain bike racing shoes, preferably with sockets for toe spikes. I wear cheap Sidi MTB shoes from ten years ago. Good tread for running on grass and dirt, and the toe spikes help in sand and mud.

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    Awesome link, thanks!

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    How Should a Cyclocross Bike Fit

    Cyclocross bike fit is extremely important. The guys at Velonews put this article together.

    http://velonews.competitor.com/2010/...ike-fit_136539

    Fit is the most important factor when choosing a new bike, Don't buy a bike that does not fit because its a 'good deal'. And rarely is it a great idea to buy a frame or bike sight unseen. The risk of getting something that does not fit is too great.

    Another good article on bike fit.

    http://www.bikesportmichigan.com/fea...clocross.shtml
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    Good Off The Web Reading

    Cyclocross - Training and Technique by Simon Burney

    Good book overall for understanding the basics of cross. Now in its 3rd edition, its been the go-to book for people wanting something in print about their favorite new addiction.

    http://www.amazon.com/Cyclocross-Tra...3006881&sr=1-1

    The Complete Book Of Cyclocross, Skill Training and Racing - By Scott R Mares

    A more recent publication. Good photos and step by step for some of Cyclocross' basic skills. Definitely a worthy read.

    http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Cyclo...3006881&sr=1-2
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyklopath
    Cyclocross bike fit is extremely important. The guys at Velonews put this article together.

    http://velonews.competitor.com/2010/...ike-fit_136539

    Fit is the most important factor when choosing a new bike, Don't buy a bike that does not fit because its a 'good deal'. And rarely is it a great idea to buy a frame or bike sight unseen. The risk of getting something that does not fit is too great.

    Another good article on bike fit.

    http://www.bikesportmichigan.com/fea...clocross.shtml
    That first article seems to have quite a consensus stating that it's full of carp. It seems like it was written by someone who has never even thrown a leg over a cross bike and has only watched videos on youtube. Adam M. and some others gave some better links.

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    Mounting Cyclocross Tubulars

    Tubulars are the way to go for CX racing. Better traction, greatly reduced opportunity for pinch flatting, etc.

    Stu Thorne did a great write up for the CyclocrossWorld website.

    Part 1
    http://www.cyclocrossworld.com/Tech....ShowDisabled=0
    Part 2
    http://www.cyclocrossworld.com/tech....24&action=Edit
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    Cantilever Brake Setup

    Believe it or not, Canti brakes do brake when set up correctly!

    From the Cyclocrossworld site
    http://www.cyclocrossworld.com/Tech....ShowDisabled=0

    From Sheldon Brown
    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/cantilever-adjustment.html
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    What Shoes For Cyclocross?

    In general, a MTB shoe is a good choice for CX, but a road shoe (which has no tread) is a very bad choice. Winter specific MTB shoes can be beneficial when the weather turns bad on race day.

    Removable toe spikes can also be beneficial on the sloppiest days.

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    What class/race should I do?

    Can I ask a dumb question here? Considering my first CX race and unsure about which one to sign up for.

    I haven't raced a bike in many years, but thinking about getting dirty in the local CX race this weekend. My primary (and favorite) CX bike is a singlespeed. I could ride my wife's Jake the Snake if I needed to, but I hate derailleurs.

    The singlespeed category race here is the 45 minute event at the same time with the B-Men (CX-234), and etc.

    The earlier race (C-Men CX-4) is only 30 minutes. I'm 36 so I'd be in the 39-under category. No SS category there, so I'd just enter straight-up.

    Should I do a 45 minute race my first time out to keep it in the singlespeed category, or should I race my singlespeed against all of the geared guys in the 30 minutes C-Men race my first time out?

    thanks,

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