Cyclocross is a form of bicycle racing consisting of short laps over many differing terrains, typically including grass, sand, mud, pavement, rocks and anything the course designer finds at the race site. Each lap also usually includes steep run-ups, barrier obstacles forcing the rider to get off ...

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Effectiveness of disc brakes with brifters

How well do mechanical (non-hydraulic) disc brakes generally function when used with brifters?-- This combination seems to be increasingly common among e.g. adventure bikes such as the Salsa Vaya, ...
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Ease of servicing disc vs. rim brakes

How easy is it to keep a mechanical (non-hydraulic) disc brake system working at home with a set of "normal" (not bike-specific) tools, especially compared to rim brakes? Discs seem to be currently ...
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Can a tubular tire be reused?

I have some knobby cross-specific tubular tires (Challenge Limus 33) mounted on a bike and I want to change them in exchange for slick tires for a period of riding primarily on the pavement. While ...
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Can I 'toe in' these cantilever brake pads?

I'm riding a new bike (new to me) and I am unfamiliar riding with some of the components, specifically the cantilever cross brakes. On my road bike, I toe in the brake pads to help with noise, feel, ...
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Is there a specific cyclocross wheel?

If you want some versatility regarding a bike (I have a Fuji sportif) what sort of wheels should I be looking into? I know there is some technicalities regarding road vs cx riding but if the bike can ...
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How seriously should I take the maximum pressure rating of my cyclocross rims?

I own a very nice cyclocross bike that I use for daily commuting. It is currently fitted with relatively wide cyclocross tires (Continental Cyclocross Race 35-622) that I inflate to 4 bar (58 psi). ...
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Post cyclo cross race bike cleaning and lubrication for you bottom bracket?

If I wash down my bike after a muddy race cross race or training ride I usually dry everything off and then begin lubricating the chain and sprockets back up once it has dried. The only place I don't ...
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Why are cyclocross bikes stiff and what impact does it have on performance?

I bought my first cx bike at the beginning of the summer and started watching a few races on YouTube and such, not because I plan to race but just because it was interesting to me. All summer I've ...
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Which option; cx bike or mtb and road bike? [closed]

I've done my research and i've narrowed it down to 2 options for me Option 1: buy a low-end cyclocross bike for $1200 or Option 2: buy a low-end road bike for $800 and a low-end mountain bike for ...
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What's the difference between road bike disc brake wheels /cyclosross wheels?

What's the difference between road bike disc wheels /cyclocross disc wheels?
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What bicycle to buy for commuting to work and for leisure (Aberdeen)

I'm new to this forum and I hope someone can help me out. I have recently moved to the UK and I like to cycle. I'm looking for a bicycle with a small budget. I would mainly use the bike for ...
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Can I run a 10 speed cassette on an 11 speed wheel, but also keep running 10 speed on a 10 speed wheel?

I bought a second hand cyclocross bike (running Shimano 105) and I ... love it. I've been doing some short commuting on it as well, but the nobbled tires are copping a pounding. I've got a spare set ...
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Bike options for winter commuting in the mountains

I live in the mountains of Vermont and bike 3 seasons a year on my trusty cyclocross bike. This year, I'd like to commute year round, through winter. My commute involves some steep, 10-18% climbs on ...
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How do I get rid of weird rubbing noise on my cx bike?

Recently I got the Giant Revolt 3 and have been riding it for a few days now. I have lately noticed that there is some rubbing noise when I apply the brakes. If you look at this picture (might be a ...
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Cyclocross vs road bike

I am thinking about getting a new bike. I have a MTB but I am sort of petrified of road riding (cars pass way too close). I have found a nice Specialized Cyclocross bike. I wanted to have a bit ...
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What should I look for in a cyclo cross bike

This will be my first cyclo cross bike and I am already using the same techniques with my mtb. My question is what should I look for in it. Since the country I live in does not have any official brand ...
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Ideas for consistently popping tubes

I ride a cyclocross about 50 miles a week. About half of the mileage is spent on roads, the other half on single track trails. In the space of 3 weeks I have had the tubes pop 5 times. Once the back ...
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Ksyrium Equipe wheels any good for Cyclocross?

Just got a pair of Ksyrium Equipe with a second hand Sworks Tarmac. Thinking of putting them on my Ridley for some Cyclocross action. Has any one used these wheels for this purpose before? I have use ...
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Cross-Bike for my size / weight

I'm 183 cm / 100 kg (220 lbs) and was thinking of buying a bike. I was looking at the following models: Trek Bike 7.4FX (http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/city/fitness/fx/7_4_fx/) and Giant ...
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Cyclocross Bike On the Road

I ride road and MTB, but want to add a cyclocross bike and do long distance, all day adventures which would include 50/50 (road/off-road). I am not interested in racing, but do want to participate in ...
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Cyclo-cross versus Cross bike

My bicycle was recently stolen and I'm now trying to get a replacement. I had the Merida Crossway XT Edition ...
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Is a 29.5 km/h average speed decent for a 90 km ride (on road) with an elevation of 1200 m?

I have been riding about 150 km a week commuting and on the weekend. I frequently do rides over 80 km. I'm riding a carbon cyclocross (Ridkey x-fire) with slicks. My latest ride was on the ...
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Does riding a cyclo cross bike carry a large aerodynamic penalty when compared to a road bike?

During club rides I find myself getting dropped by riders with the same weight and power but the main difference is that they are riding road bikes and I am on a cyclo cross bike (with road tyres and ...
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Why should I prioritize top tube length over stand over height on a CX bike?

I purchased a 50cm CX style bike from an online retailer. After assembling the bike and filling the tires, I found only had around 1" of stand over in bike shorts. Since I will be commuting on the ...
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Upgrading Brakes [duplicate]

I'm new to biking having had to give up running due to 'worn out' knee joints! I bought an entry level cyclo-cross Carrera Crixus from Halfords which I love. My only criticism of the bike is the ...
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What to look for when buying cyclo-cross or road bike under 600eu/650usd?

I really want a fast bicycle, that I could use in winter, summer, rain & snow to commute to work. After some research I found out that there is a cool option of cyclo-cross bikes that are build ...
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What to look for in a good entry-level CX bike?

I am in the market for a new bike. It is really my first bike, I am borrowing an old 1980's Cannondale road bike from a friend currently. I have an 8-mile daily commute (1-way, 16 total miles put on 4 ...
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Road bike frame for offroad/cx wheels

I'll be moving in the near future from a wide open rural area with open, expansive country roads to a more suburban area with traffic issues but a few offroad trails available for riding. My question ...
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Converting my old mountain bike to a cyclocross

I have a 1992 Bridgestone MB-4 that I am converting to a cyclocross bike. It is a 3 x 7 (21 gears). I am going to put down bars on it and to change the older over shifters and brake levers. As it ...
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Cyclocross for road bike type of routes - Increased risk of INJURY?

I am 33years and just moved to belgium. My work commute is about 25km (16miles). I plan to buy a bike mainly to commute to work and get the exercise and decompress after work. I am new to biking but ...
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Cyclocross bike as fast as a roadbike?

Next year i would like to commute by bicycle. I need to buy a new bike, but i don't know if to buy a roadbike or a cyclocross bike. I live in a more rural area where not every road is tarred perfectly ...
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Centermounted kickstand on touring cyclocross

I just got a new bicycle (cyclocross meant for touring) and a center-mounted kickstand (Pletscher Twin), but it seems it won't fit with the standard mounts. Is this a common issue, and do I have to ...
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Are there any reasons why you would avoid going disc (other than cost) for racing cyclo cross?

Why (if you had the choice) would you stay with cantilever brakes and forgo the opportunity to change to a disc set up for racing cyclo cross?
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What Turbo Tyre On CX Bike

I have a CX bike that i would like to put on a turbo trainer. The bike is Boardman CX Comp. The question i have is what turbo training tire could i put on my wheels Mavic XM319? My current tires are ...
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Cyclocross touring, studs for SPD shoes?

I just bought my first bicycle shoes (Specialized, SPD) and got four mountable studs. I'm planning on touring for about a month. Mostly on roads, perhaps occasionally on dirt tracks and larger trails. ...
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Training for sprints / short races

How do I train / fool my body to go anaerobic for intervals? I entered my first cyclocross race a couple weeks ago and have since been training on the course. What I found during the race and my ...
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Cyclocross on airplane

I'm planning on flying to Japan for a bicycle vacation early this spring. Having had a look at flight bags, I'm puzzled. They are expensive, weigh tons and are huge, I couldn't feasibly bring them ...
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Install hub dynamo on new cyclocross

I'm buying a Cannondale CAADX 105 Disc and I'm planning on installing a hub dynamo, perhaps an SP PD-8. 1.) I haven't done this before, but judging by what I have seen on YouTube: Get the new spoke ...
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Cyclocross Tire Pressure

I have never raced before but there is a cycloycross race a mile from my house this weekend. Course has a fast bumpy downhill. On my mountain bike with fixed carbon fork and tubeless at 40 PSI ...
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First Cyclocross Race - Riding a Mountain Bike

I'm participating in my first ever bike race this weekend. It's a cyclocross race, and I'm riding a full suspension mountain bike, because I started looking into races late this season and a fully is ...
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First cyclocross race - strategy

Next weekend there is a cyclocross race at a park near my house. My first organized bicycle race ever. I would like advice / links on strategy, rules, and protocol. I am over 50, in good bicycle ...
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First cyclocross race - how to choose and set up the bike

I have never raced but there is a cyclocross race at a park near me next weekend. All it said is some sand and some drop offs. I would like some advice on selecting a bike and setting it up. I ...
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How to select a cyclocross bike at around £800 [closed]

Currently I have a GT mountain bike which which I use off-roads and toepaths just for recreational cycling at the weekends. I am looking at buying a cyclocross bike so that I can still do off-roads ...
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Cross bike brakes

I am looking at cross bikes to keep me cycling through the winter. http://www.nicholsons-cycles.co.uk/product/focus-bikes-mares-cx-3-0-disc-105/49669 I like this but am worried about the brakes - I ...
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Can double chainrings be used with a clutch-type rear derailleur?

I've been reading up on Sram's CX1 1x11 cyclocross-specific group. It hinges on two technologies to minimize the potential for dropped-chains/chainslap. The CX1 clutch rear-derailleur keeps the chain ...
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White bike components

I would like to simplify the colors on my bike using white on components above the top-tube (saddle, seatpost, stem, cyclocross brake lever, LED lights, grips). I am having a hard time finding a ...
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cantilever brakes have 1mm play in then is this normal? [duplicate]

My cantilever brakes have roughly 1mm movement in them and can be moved backwards and forwards very easily by hand. Is this because the shoulder bolt is too long or should the setup have some extra ...
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Will carbon fork make a huge difference when commuting?

I am considering a hybrid commuter bike, in particular I like Specialized Sirrus Elite Disc. This model however does not sport a carbon fiber fork. Only the more expensive model does, which I do not ...
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Allen Coggan power profile table for Cyclo cross riders?

If you were to create a power profile based on those seen in training and racing with a power meter by Hunter Allen and Andrew Coggan. What would it look like a sprinter or an all rounder? To help ...
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Building a city/trail bike with a CX frame, what should I consider? [closed]

What would be a good build for a 80% city / 20% trail bike? I recently purchased a Cinelli Mash CXSS frame, I will be mainly riding in the city but wanted to also take it to the trails every couple ...