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    I will call her pumpkin.

    I bought a road bike last spring thinking it would be a good addition to my stable. However, after the newness wore off it just collected dust in my garage.
    I really wanted something a little more versatile. Something that feels at home on pavement and dirt and has disc brakes.

    Off to Craigslist with the unneeded roadie bits



    With the help of Redstone cyclery it was replaced with this.



    Salsa La Cruz

    Only 35mm tires for now but I have room for something larger.

    After getting everything put together I took it on its maiden voyage.

    Look at that! It works on pavement and dirt! Simply amazing technology this Cyclo cross is

    Watch out for suburban mountain lions

    In its element.

    This guy walked within 10 feet of me. Not much fear of humans.

    All this excitement made me hungry. In keeping with the south of the border theme I stopped for lunch.


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    Love the thrill of that first ride on a new bike - enjoy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moustache rider


    Look at that! It works on pavement and dirt! Simply amazing technology this Cyclo cross is
    But the knobbies are on pavement & the slick's on dirt...








    22 Going on 23

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    Very nice! I really like the disc brakes!
    Life is about the ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lubes17319
    But the knobbies are on pavement & the slick's on dirt...

    Would you prefer the front wash out while you're cornering at 20 mph or the rear?

    Very nice bike BTW. Is it legal under rules to use discs? I was under the impression you had to use cantis or v-brakes to race.

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    Awesome, gonna get out on my crosser today I think, just put a new drivetrain on mine, enjoy.

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    That turned out great - enjoy!
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    Purrrty color
    I dig the disc brakes, too. I've always wanted to put some on my grociery getter.
    I dislike the roadie handlebar, I cant hack riding on any dirt with one.




    Isn't it a fire hazard to park that thing in front of the Taco Bell entrance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moustache rider
    I bought a road bike last spring thinking it would be a good addition to my stable. However, after the newness wore off it just collected dust in my garage.
    I really wanted something a little more versatile. Something that feels at home on pavement and dirt and has disc brakes.
    Funny - I just sold a crosser to go with a road bike. Once in the habit of riding to work a few days a week I never had the jones to hit the off road stuff on the same bike. The road tires went on the cross bike, and after a while it seemed time to trade her in for something a bit sleeker. I've been running cross tires in my rigid 29er - that's fun too.

    Those Salsa's seem to get it right. I've wanted something from them for a while now!
    Take the long cut, we'll get there eventually.

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    Thanks for the comments.

    I know I totally screwed up the dirt/pavement contrast shot. STUPID STUPID (repeatedly punching myself in the face).
    The tires are what I already had lying around. I plan to put something a little wider and knobblier on both ends.

    I'm not really interested in racing so that doesn't matter much to me. Although rumor on the Cyclocross forum is that UCI will be changing its rules to allow discs.

    "Is it legal to park that thing in front of the Taco Bell entrance?"
    Taco Bell only allows bright orange bikes to be parked in front of the entrance.

    Overall I think it turned out well and I'm liking it. The eclectic drivetrain works perfectly. The 44t big ring makes the high gear a hair low but I will see how it is after I get a bigger tire on the back.
    Last edited by Moustache rider; 03-08-2009 at 12:15 PM.

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    Lovin the color!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moustache rider
    The 44t big ring makes the high gear a hair low but I will see how it is after I get a bigger tire on the back.
    I've had mine for awhile and just put a new drivetrain on it, went with a compact crankset(34/50) and a 27t cog, so far I like it better than the stock gearing which was 36/46 and a 26t cog, higher and lower gearing.

    The discs are nice in the snow and muck, almost too much power, they can overwhelm skinny tires.

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    Nice bike!

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    I like that bike! I've been thinking of selling my Roadie and getting one.....I am not sure I can get past that color but......

    Quote Originally Posted by Moustache rider
    I'm not really interested in racing so that doesn't matter much to me. Although rumor on the Cyclocross forum is that UCI will be changing its rules to allow discs.
    NOTE TO BIKE COMPANIES. Put disk brake mounts on your cross bikes frames! How many of your customers really have to give a crap what the UCI thinks???

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