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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Can I use a cyclocross bike for regular road-biking purposes?

I want to race cyclocross, and I also want to ride some longer rides out on the road. Can I buy a cyclocross bike and use it for both cyclocross and some serious road rides (I'm talking century type ...
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What are the differences (and their practical implications) between a 29" mountain bike and a cyclocross bicycle?

I am considering the purchase of a bicycle for riding off road, and have heard a lot of buzz about 29" mountain bikes. However, I am not particularly interested in technical riding - although I would ...
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Can I do cyclocross if I've never really been very athletic?

I've never really been very athletic - I started cycling around the city a few months ago, did a 30 mile ride recently (and felt great after it - could have done more, although the pace wasn't very ...
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Front suspension on a cyclocross bike?

Is there a reason why no companies are manufacturing front suspension for cx bikes? Is it limited by the UCI rules? Would weight mean it would offer no additional value? I would like to know if a ...
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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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Should I buy a cyclocross bike or road bike to do Triathlons and CX?

I have a mountain bike and used it in my first triathlon without slick on. Now I'd like to get into doing triathlons just for fun, not competitively. I'd also like to get into doing cyclocross. Here's ...
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How often should I change brake cables and housing?

Seems like every year towards the end of cyclocross racing my brake cables start to get 'sticky'. The STI shifter is fine for changing gears, but when pulling on brakes it feels like I'm breaking ...
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Dealing with very juddery cantilever brakes

I'm a commuter with a ~13m daily round-trip. I've been riding this on an MTB for 8 years, but I'm looking to upgrade. I recently tried out a 2012 model Specialized Tricross; this having been ...
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Cyclocross frame size vs. road bike frame size

I'm in the market for a used cyclocross bike to use as a winter bike, and so I've been browsing craigslist. I generally ride a 56-58 cm road bike frame, so I turned down an otherwise good deal ...
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Do tubeless tires offer significant benefits for a cyclocross bike?

I've been using tubeless tires with great success on my mountain bike for a year or so, and the time is here to replace the wheels on my cross bike. I was thinking of getting another pair of stan's ...
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How do Mini V-brakes compare to cantilever brakes for Cyclocross bikes?

I've got a surly cross check with straight bars, v-brakes, and mountain shifters. I was considering a switch to a drop bar setup for cyclocross racing so I have an alternative to my single speed cross ...
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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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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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Whats the difference between a cyclocross and cyclocross-commuter

Could someone please tell me the key differences between the what people would call a cyclocross bike and a cyclocross-commuter? I have seen people saying bike x is not a true cyclocross bike etc.
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What is the difference between race/road and cx bikes?

The only differences I know is that road bikes are often lighter and uses different set of brakes. But what else are the main differences?
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Is it worth converting a steel frame Trek Roadie to a Cyclocross?

I have a Trek Elance 330 from the 80s and love it! However, I find myself needing something that can handle fire roads (gravel jeep paths) and am wondering if it is worth the effort. Also, if it ...
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mountain bike vs. cyclocross bike

I've recently started trail riding on my mountain bike and i love it, but my bike is really old (circa 1992 steel Trek with Deore LX). I really want to get a new one, but I'm also really attracted to ...
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What does “Electronic Ready” mean on a Giant Frame?

I just purchased a 2014 Giant TCX SLR 2, and noticed in the spec sheet that the frame is "Electronic Ready" What does this mean? ...
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Cyclocross racing with fixed gear road bike with cross tires

I would like to take part in three local cyclocross races in the coming weeks but have a bike dilemma: Should I convert my track frame to a new fork and put one cantilever brake on it and change the ...
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Road Fork: Curved vs Straight?

I found a frame I'm interested in building up, but it doesn't include a fork. So I've been looking for carbon 700cc forks... with disc tabs. I've found a few, but ran into a new dilemma - curved vs ...
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Cyclocross bike frame considerations

I'm considering putting together a cyclocross type bike together for fun and variety. Is a typical road frame suitable for this? And, what do I need to consider in terms of sizing? On sizing, it ...
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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 ...
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Converting an existing cyclocross bike to disc brakes

I have a bike (Surly Crosscheck) that is used for commuting and cyclocross. As it's a bit older and disc brakes were not legal for 'cross until recently, it has cantilever brakes for optimal mud ...
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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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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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what should my training schedule look like if I'm racing every sunday?

I plan to do as many cyclocross races as I can until the season ends in early march and the next few weeks have at least one race every Sunday for the next six weeks. How should my training schedule ...
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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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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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What is the widest tire I can fit on my 32c wheels?

I have Shimano WH RS30 rims which are 700c x 32. I would like to use a beefy 35c tire. Is that too much width for my rims? (My forks and brakes are wide enough to handle a 42c) Thank you.
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Looking for components needed to route 3 cables on top of toptube for cyclocross bike

My bike is setup for cable routing under the downtube. I would like to route my rear brake, front derailleur, and rear derailleur cables along the top tube of a bike I plan to use for cyclocross to ...
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How to remove play in cantilever pivot point?

I have been working my way through issues with noisy front cantilever brakes. After running through many different ways to solve the issue including new pads (Kool Stop Dura2 Duel Compound), setting ...
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How to calculate bike stand-over height using frameset geometry and wheel radius?

While it's best to buy through fitting a bike in store, it's not always possible (discussed here). On some websites, the stand-over height of a bike may not be listed as part of the specifications. ...
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How to clean a bike after muddy/sandy cyclocross race (or mountain bike ride)

What do I need to be concerned with when cleaning my bike after a typical muddy and sandy cyclocross race (Also probably applicable to mountain biking). Particularly, what can be done (in the field) ...
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Is there a road shoe cleat adapter (from road to mountain) that could be used in a cyclo cross race?

So Im aware that you can buy (3 hole) spd pedal to (2 hole) mtb pedals so you can own one pair of shoes like this one offered by crank brothers. Has anyone ever seen a cleat adapter that could aid ...
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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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MTB Crank on a Cyclocross Bicycle?

I have a new FELT Cyclocross frame and i am looking for a BB30 Crank to go with it. I don't really need more more than one chainring, so i end up looking at a lo9t of MTB cranks on eBay. What are the ...
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Cyclocross Rim Wearing with Rim Brakes and appropriate Solutions

For Reasons that are not to be discussed here i did choose a cyclocross frame without disc brakes mounts and i am going to train/compete with Canti Lever Brakes. Obviously, with all the mud and dirt ...
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Can I use long reach calipers on my cyclocross bike?

I've got cx bike(Centurion Cyclocross 4000) which I currently use only for commuting and riding long distances on a road. Is it possible to use some longreach caliper brakes on it (e.g. Shimano BR-650 ...
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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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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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Cyclocross bike fit

I have the opportunity to buy a very nice used cross bike at a great price. But, I'm worried about it being a tad bit too big. It has large Blue frameset with the following measurements: Top tube ...
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Is a Giant TCX W wrong for me if I want to use it for around town and occasional long rides?

I'm looking for a bike to ride mainly around town and hope to get up to doing longer rides (maybe Cycle Oregon). A local bike shop is selling a Giant TCX W cyclocross for $950 (reg price $1,900). I ...
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shimano xc30 mtb spd shoes for CycloCross?

I am planning on attempting my first cyclocross race on the cheap and cant decide on what shoes. As it will be very muddy and rainy (like most British weather) I want to make sure I get the shoes with ...
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How much fork to tyre clearance do dedicated cyclo cross bikes need?

I wish to take part in my first cyclo cross race but would like to avoid buying anything (other than tyres) until I have tried it. I currently ride a Kona Honky Tonk which I believe has enough ...
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Cantilever Brakes - Cyclocross

I've recently purchased a Cyclocross bike that's been great so far. I use it to commute and race. However, I don't find the cantilever brakes that came with it satisfactory. I'd like to switch them ...
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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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Do cyclocross races permanently damage the grass they are run on?

I am considering putting on a cyclocross event and was wondering if anyone has any experience with the after math of the race.
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Are there any cyclocross/road bike rims that I could buy that will fit on my Cannondale F600 mountain bike?

I want to be able to ride my mountain bike on roads, but the sound of the mountain tires on the road is annoying. Can I just buy rims that will fit cyclocross or road bike tires? My bike has disk ...
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Cross tires on a road bike

I want to buy a road bike for commuting, fitness, leisure, etc. and not for professional racing. However, because I live in a "wet" country, I would like to be able to change the tires into cross ...