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    From today's ride.



    To be honest, we ride our 'cross bikes on most mountain bike trails. They are so much faster on certain things and if you're not a gnar-huckster rider (I am not), 'cross bikes can handle it pretty much anything.
    i just learned that you're supposed to run tire pressure on cross tires at about 40-45 PSI...i had no idea...no wonder the tires on my first cross bike wore so quickly down the middle.

    that said, it's amazing to me how much of the jarring properly inflated tires and a carbon fork take out of the ride.

    the last time i an carbon bars on an MTB, i found that they helped to soften the ride a fair amount...would anybody here use a carbon bar on their 'cross?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeb View Post
    i just learned that you're supposed to run tire pressure on cross tires at about 40-45 PSI...i had no idea...no wonder the tires on my first cross bike wore so quickly down the middle.

    that said, it's amazing to me how much of the jarring properly inflated tires and a carbon fork take out of the ride.

    the last time i an carbon bars on an MTB, i found that they helped to soften the ride a fair amount? would anybody here use a carbon bar on their 'cross?
    I used to have a carbon bar on my 'cross bike (I'm a riser kind of guy) and it worked just fine. It didn't break, and I don't know why I sold it.

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    Budget build (and photo). First time out, and I was really surprised at how well this bike did on singletrack.
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    My Curtlo on the Crawford Trails .........


    and on the KVR system ......
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    This is my buddy, Ariel, back in high school (early 90's). It's such a good shot, I just had to share it.

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    Dion that picture's sweet! I had the same Sidi's back in the day.
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    Nice shot. That is usually the point I start thinking "will I taco my wheels this time...?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zen_Turtle View Post
    Nice shot. That is usually the point I start thinking "will I taco my wheels this time...?"
    Ariel went on to race Pro BMX, then recently (last few years) started back into short track and cyclocross. Still fast as hell.

    Back at Santa Cruz High School, we started a MTB team which consisted of all the mountain kids (many of whom all went to become elite racers). Unfortunately, I was still busting 360's and BMX'ing my way to injury, so the "cycling club" wasn't my thing.

    Looking back, I wish I would've moved on from BMX to MTB and cyclocross... but instead I quit bikes altogether (like an idiot).

    Ariel has a few recent pics of him crossed up and table topped on his Rock Lobster from some races in Colorado. Like I always say... once a BMX'er - ALWAYS a BMX'er

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    This is my buddy, Ariel, back in high school (early 90's). It's such a good shot, I just had to share it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    This is my buddy, Ariel, back in high school (early 90's). It's such a good shot, I just had to share it.

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    That's approximately 3 feet more air and about 9 billion times radder than i've ever gotten on a cross bike! awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toomanybikes View Post
    My Curtlo on the Crawford Trails .........


    and on the KVR system ......
    hey toomanybikes, what tires are you running in the first 2 shots? they look pretty interesting, how are they?

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    Here's my VooDoo Wazoo



    Sorry for the disc brake content

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    Quote Originally Posted by rjwall View Post
    hey toomanybikes, what tires are you running in the first 2 shots? they look pretty interesting, how are they?
    Those are Clement tubulars. 700 x 30.

    I like them in dry conditions, enough that when I heard they were being discontinued I bought all of the remainder at World Class.

    If I was looking for something similar now I'd look at the Tufo's in a 28 or 30 width.

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    That was most likely Bill Alcorn from Bike Flights on the Moots SS, and yes, one BAMF on that rig!

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    Quote Originally Posted by agu
    [pic of a sweet bike]

    Sorry for the disc brake content
    Disc brake content forgiven. That looks like a real fun bike.


    Dion, that pic wins the thread. Wowzers.
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    Nice pictures! Keep'em coming!

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    Quote Originally Posted by heartland View Post
    Disc brake content forgiven. That looks like a real fun bike.
    It is fun! Despite having minimal toe rub (running 700 x 42c tires in there...oops)...climbs like a goat and is surprisingly smooth in dirt roads and singletrack. It can keep up with it's fatter-tired brethren hehe.

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    Here's the creek crossing. Please excuse my annoying Kung Fu theater laugh and my horrible lisp speech impediment. As my brother was crossing, I was very uncomfortable knowing that I was going to have to do it. The water was above the BB in the deepest area - that's why at the end I was, like, "Ah man!".

    There was another we had to do. The folks on MTB's were, like, "...on those bikes?!".


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    In this Spanish clip, the second guy isn't exactly riding a CX bike... I think he calls it a supermotard: sort of a monster fixie:

    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/1240987?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" width="400" height="302" frameborder="0"></iframe><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/1240987">Untitled</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user562199">a g</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>

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    [QUOTE=perttime;8384491]In this Spanish clip, the second guy isn't exactly riding a CX bike... I think he calls it a supermotard: sort of a monster fixie:

    Whoa that `supermotard` looks like a cross between a track bike and a monster truck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrailNRG View Post
    Whoa that `supermotard` looks like a cross between a track bike and a monster truck!
    There's a few pics of it on Flickr: Lollobrigida - a set on Flickr
    For more, do a Google image search for "amaro bikes lollobrigida". Looks like the company is on hold or reorganizing, or something.

    ... enough derailment, on with "Cross Bikes on Singletrack"

    "it IS possible that you are faster or slower than anybody else who is having at least as much if not more or less fun"

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    I've since routed the shifter cables through the bars, shifts the same and is much cleaner.
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    My pseudo cross bike:

    Ride at China camp... just after a brush fire.

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    Sun 36 spoke CR18s... RhynoLites for road bikes. Holy Jeebus, these things are teeth rattling stiff!!

    Yeah... I wanna get me a carbon fork. Steel is better than alu, but not by a lot.

    I'm in the middle of a major re-work. New unfinished fork with a longer steerer tube (also steel, like the last one) new Dimension flat-top bars, new 9 speed shifter/brake levers to replace the Dura Ace 8 speed ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    This is my buddy, Ariel, back in high school (early 90's). It's such a good shot, I just had to share it.

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    Is that at De Laveaga?

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    I don't know if others have come across this before, but while daydreaming about riding some singletrack at work today, I found the "any bike anywhere" manifesto. Pretty cool, it talks about investing in technique and skill instead of investing in technology. My favorite quote: "a road bike is equal to or better than a mountain bike if ridden with skill like I have.”

    Rough Riders: Any Bike, Anywhere: Home of the Classic Cyclist: Any Bike, Anywhere: The Rough Rider's Way of Life

    .........and now for a cross bikes on singletrack shot.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by rjwall View Post
    My favorite quote: "a road bike is equal to or better than a mountain bike if ridden with skill like I have.
    You might insight a riot around here with remarks like that!

    I like Kostman (and Grant Petersen) a lot and I've always agreed with that myself. The new AM bikes have opened up the biggest advances in terrain and technology in recent years and watching those guy's ride is amazing. However, for me it comes down to the sheer joy of being outdoors and the combined challenge of balancing my equipment, skills and excitement. Riding a cross bike on all types of trails just makes me smile a bit more for some reason.

    Nice XCheck btw, that's the bike that hooked me on CX trail riding!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrailNRG View Post
    Riding a cross bike on all types of trails just makes me smile a bit more for some reason.
    Agreed! I think it's cool to see people who really focus and excel in one discipline or aspect of cycling. for me, though, i dig the challenge of trying to take my bike as many different places as possible. i also think it's pretty cool to experience something like the type of riding most people did off road prior to the advent of MTB's.

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    Not quite CX, but.....

    One configuration of my Jamis Coda Elite (Steel Flat bar roadie) now has a Thomson cockpit, and clipless pedals in addition to the 37mm Sweetskins you see mounted on the wheelset in this older pic. There is enough bite to the tire's tread that I definitely take it on local singletrack, and it's a blast.
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    I can easily keep up with my buddy on his brand new Specialized Epic. I'm on a stock Surly CrossCheck with the exception of FireCross tires and I weigh in at 250lbs. Nothing breaks, nothing gets tweaked. It's all about the line and your ability to flow. I have way more fun on this bike on the singletrack than my mountain bike. It's not the bike that makes things happen, it's the motor.











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    Oh no you didn't!!

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    meastway: love the pics!

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    Rode some yesterday, ended up in switchback central. Lots of climbing and descending, not very flat. Wish I had disc brakes! I only snapped a couple.






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    well the Wazoo is taking a much-deserved break...so here's what I'm riding these days...


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    My buddy, Lonnie, on his Carl Strong Custom Blend on the Arroyo Burro trail, behind Santa Barbara.

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    Here's my Cross Check:


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    Those Kenda's look mighty big on your CC. I like the look, more off-roadish than cyclo-cross.
    Good friction shifting is getting hard to find nowadays....

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    Moar!!!!


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    This thread is full of awesome! I need to get some decent pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VA2SLOride View Post
    .....someplace off Hwy 20 around milepost 17 in Central Oregon??
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    From today's ride...

    When under pressure, your level of performance will sink to your level of preparation.

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    Damn, this thread is awesome! Lots of great shots, lots of sharp bikes, makes me want to be out in the woods right NOW!

    Some of yous need to post better shots of the bikes though...Dion, Antonio...better pics, please!

    Never thought I'd experience this, since I'm a roadie, but pick up a cx bike earlier this spring and now I'm full bitten by the bug. Even checking out cx bike shots more than road bikes...and about to trade out one of my road bikes for a second cross steed. Oh wow, my world is getting turned upside down, but in a good way!

    Nice photos everyone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by brdpkns View Post
    Here's my Cross Check:

    Hey what fender is that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kellyc View Post
    Hey what fender is that?
    I picked it up at a swap meet a few years back. It's an SKS x-tra-dry that i cut down so it's shorter. I'm pretty sure it's the older model of this: Amazon.com: SKS X-Tra-Dry Fender - Rear: Sports & Outdoors

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    well crap. This thread needs moar action.
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    Just a regular guy.

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    Kinda a cross bike....sorta....








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    My Crosscheck, on the "easy" trail in town.

    You ran this race with no real heart
    Yeah right back at the start
    You'd already lost it

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