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    Keeping this thread going

    This is a great thread.
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    Saturday morning while drinking my coffee, and trying to decide what and where to ride. I came across this thread and well I have this cross bike that I got 4 days ago, so I decided to ride my new cyclocross bike to the trail where my wife and son are to meet me. 26 road miles 12 off road miles. It was a good day on the bike. Good thread, keep it going.
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    I need to get some pictures next time I take the cross bike out. I have a standard issue Cross Check that I regularly ride on the local trails. Picking the best line keeps you on your toes and the canti brakes take getting used to on a tight descending switchback.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meastway View Post
    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.










    + repped ya, that is awesome!!

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    near lake merced in san francisco...
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    Those tires look huge! What are they and what size are they? I see it's a GT, what model it is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wvucyclist View Post
    Those tires look huge! What are they and what size are they? I see it's a GT, what model it is?
    panaracer fire cross 700 x 45; 2011 GT series cx-1...

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    I'm liking the cross bike on singletrack. My latest

    I'm not digging the bar, I am going to replace it with a Salsa Woodchipper.

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    Over the weekend, had my first ride in the dirt this year. spring singletrack = waaaayyyy better than winter commuting.
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    First Real CX Trail Ride

    This was my first all trail ride on the Cross Check. I was surprised at all the places I could go.
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    Oh, this thread. She warms the cockles of my heart. (And my cockles, they frequently need warming. Oh, yes indeed.)

    When I started this thread, I expected to get a few responses, but I thought it'd grind out pretty quickly. It's awesome to see it going strong, and I love seeing everybody getting rad in the dirt on skinny tires.

    I haven't posted in a while 'cause I just recovered from an ankle injury. Hopefully I'll have something to contribute soon.

    Now, hows abouts some moar action shots?
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    I've got a Jake the Snake in 2009 and rode a bunch of of MTB trails with it.

    It's fun, a whole new game.

    And quite a workout.

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    Nice on the hardpack stretches



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    Just doing a little singletrack.
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    I tend to ride alone so unfortunately I have no action shots. From this afternoon.

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    Love this thread! Not an action shot but I have been doing some local single track, gravel path and road combination rides in the Philly suburbs. Probably hit Nockamixon next to see how she does:

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    Very new so not a lot of grime and dirt yet but its getting there!

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    Inspiring thread. I NEEDED to find this!

    After restoring this bike last fall, I took these cell phone pictures on my first (and so far, only) good, long, single track ride. (Sorry, no action shots.) The following day, the trails were covered by a foot and a half of snow, and they haven't been clear since. I can't believe how fun and nimble a bike like this was, on trails that had become a bit too familiar on a regular mountain bike. The bonus part of this ride was the fact that the 10 mile road ride at the end, required to loop back to the trailhead parking, was MUCH quicker than usual. Another month or less, and the trails should finally be clear again... and I can't wait to get out on it again. It's the only bike I daydream about riding right now - so I'm happy to see others doing the same.
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    Wissahickon Greenbelt Trail between Ambler and Penlyn PA

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    Boardman Team CX, it can nearly go places that the mtb goes, great training bike, great on Gravel. Lots of fun!

    Just knocked over a 20%+ climb!
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    Deep in the forrest - where only mtbs go, the CX followed, bit of a wild ride, glad I had discs, hard to control with small bars.
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    back in january




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    rigidftw, that's a wild looking trail! where is that?

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    Myself, from a couple weeks ago here in Maine.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rjwall View Post
    rigidftw, that's a wild looking trail! where is that?
    there's no other word for saying that, germany.
    some time ago there was a sswc nearby and in the course of that, i think it was gary fisher, who rode there too. and i've been told he liked it very much.

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    [QUOTE=rigidftw;9270581]back in january



    rigidftw, who makes those handlebars?

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    No good


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    here you go AKxc


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    ink1373...you F'n rock! Thanks!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr.vance View Post
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    rigidftw, who makes those handlebars?
    it's an old ITM. i got really lucky finding that thing in new.

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    Check out the advert for Cotic bikes:

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    Just this morning I did a cross country mountain bike race on my CX bike.

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    Green Lane, PA. Started at Hill Rd day use area and rode Blue trail to Red trail to Perky trail then back on Blue trail and back to starting point. little bit of road in a couple of places but a very nice loop!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xenu View Post
    Just this morning I did a cross country mountain bike race on my CX bike.
    Note the gopro.

    ^the first 60 seconds of the race are on a road.

    Then the singletrack starts. Here's a video of the same race; GoingPro with a cockpit mounted gopro:
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    Nicely done! Looks like ideal terrain / trail for a cross bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dougr View Post
    Nicely done! Looks like ideal terrain / trail for a cross bike.
    Thanks!

    I am still learning the ins and outs of the gorpo. The laps were about 20 minutes each but due to my inexperience clearing out the memory, I only recorded part of the course. There were other sections that were more technical and more brutal.

    I couldn't decide between the crux or a SS 29er for that course. Friends had differing opinions. The crux was perfect for the faster sections and climbs. But the washboards beat the heck out of me and I came close to washing out in the sand on several occasions. My descents were comparatively slow. You can see that I am off the course in a few areas -- the side of the single track was actually more smooth than the washboard.

    All said, I'm glad I did it on the CX bike. (Though some may take issue with a flat bar on a cx rig, but that's another story.)

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    From today... Took her out for her first real ride on some gravel and ended up getting tossed. Was so not used to the braking, drifting, etc when I hit a sandy patch that I went down hard. Body is going to be sore tomorrow for sure. Unfortunately, the crash resulted in a flat and I had used my spare tube in my saddlebag the day before. So I had to run down the last half mile of single track and then another 1/4 mile down a bike path to have my wife meet me with the car. Ended up with a few holes in the body and some gravel rash but no worse for the wear. Had to tru the rear wheel again so looks like I will be building a new wheelset soon as the rear is constantly going out of tru (and this is my daily driver).


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    As others have said, I love this thread.

    I've seen other Salsa Vaya posts, so I feel safe to post pics of mine.

    It's the perfect "go anywhere" bike, and I do just that. In the last year, I gradually ventured from gravel to doubletrack to singletrack. It's changed me from a dyed-in-the-wool-jersey roadie to a demi-mtber (trying, at least), and I love it all. I'm grateful to Salsa for making a killer bike, and reminding me of the perfection of steel.

    Sometimes I run 45 mm Vee Rubber X-C-X tires on it, but mostly I've gone with 35 mm Small Block Eights -- a great New England gravel and hard-pack tire. That's what you see here. I guess that helps it qualify for a 'cross bike thread, eh?
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    Just got my first CX bike a few weeks ago. Love taking it on the trails. My Crux loves it. This doesn't look nearly as steep as it is... but where you see the trail end drops super steep about 9ft then cuts right to another 100 yards of motocross style ridge line. Its a blast.


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    I am in love with that green Surly.

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    Me too that's why it got the overhaul it did!

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    Finally got a chance to take the new bike out for some fire road and single track riding. Took me a few weeks to get the saddle (and contacting points) broken in enough to take 8 miles of rough trails:


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    Also, the first test ride with the HiLo dropper seat post, that really works well on the steeper descents. I can lower the saddle from 2" higher than the handlebars to 2" lower. Really transforms the feel of the bike.

    I've done parts of this same trail on my old Schwinn touring bike with 27x1-1/4" tires and there is no comparison between the two bikes. On the Schwinn, you are basically in survival mode on the trail and on the CX700 bike, you can let it go and enjoy the trail.

    A few weeks later, hit some more single track a few miles above the previous photo:


    That was on a 45 mile loop ride with about 10 miles of dirt. On the outbound leg of the ride, hooked onto the back of a group of roadies and was able to hang in their draft with no issues. Also picked up some new bottle tops so now the bottles are color coordinated with the bike.
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    This is my kinda fun! Heading out in a bit to ride Banner Forest on my cross bike.

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    Switch to dirt drops (On-One Midge bars, can't go wrong with a $19.99 price) this weekend and like them so far. Hope to get some singletrack in soon on it.

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    That fork looks intense! Any better quality pics?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ilikebmx999 View Post
    That fork looks intense! Any better quality pics?
    I'll see if I can take some better pics tomorrow. It's a pretty robust fork. It's a Chris Kelly fork with a 1" threadless steerer. When I first got the bike I thought it might have been a MTB fork, but the A-C is 395. Definitely a purpose built monster CX fork. I can fit a 29'er in there. My 2.0 Quasi Motos (650b) fit great both front and rear......NOW that's monster CX.

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