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Cyclocross bike as fast as a roadbike?

TL:DR Get the CX Bike, you'll love it! You get three bikes in one, without trading in any noticeable performance on the road. This answer is subjective and based on personal experience, you have been ...
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Which Type of Bike Would You Select If You Needed To Commute, Ride Fire Roads, and Regular Roads With 1 Bike?

"a decent chunk of money on one bike" this is a very slippery slope. If this is your first bike, look for a used hardtail MTB for relatively low cost, and simply store any leftover money. ...
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Why bother maintaining a road bike for summer and a mountain bike for winter rather than two complete sets of wheels (as with cars) on a cyclocross?

Winter riding is hard on a bike - I have to do weekly maintenance when it's a period of wet riding. It's good to have N+1 options. If you're serious about riding in the snow, then the snowbike would ...
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Why bother maintaining a road bike for summer and a mountain bike for winter rather than two complete sets of wheels (as with cars) on a cyclocross?

With cars, and above a certain latitude, it's common to own one set of wheels (with fancy/light rims) for summer and another set (with ugly/heavy rims) for winter. Agree, at least in Finland we do ...
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First Cyclocross Race - Riding a Mountain Bike

Many first time cross racers use a mountain bike. It makes perfect sense, don't go out and spend $1500+ before you even know whether cyclocross is your cup of tea. Most all races allow mountain bikes, ...
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Can I modify a slightly too big bike?

Try stopping with one foot down, leaning the bike over and leaving your dominant leg on the pedal with the pedal forward and up ready for a power stroke. By leaning the bike over you can get lots of ...
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Could a road bike be used for cyclocross?

Depends on your road bike, but for the most part no. Reasons against Many road bikes are limited to tire width of 25 or 28mm. Because cycle cross is off-road you need to find tires with knobbies. ...
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Which Type of Bike Would You Select If You Needed To Commute, Ride Fire Roads, and Regular Roads With 1 Bike?

A few considerations: You have two competing characteristics here: You want a bike that excels at the niche you enjoy the most. You also want the bike to be capable of handing the other niches to an ...
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Cheap Carbon Fiber Wheels

Short answer: No. Long Answer: I would not use carbon rims for commuting for several reasons: They make the bike look more shiny than you want, attracting all kinds of unwanted attention. I ride my ...
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Cyclocross bike as fast as a roadbike?

If you are going to use your bike mostly for commuting, I would like to suggest you go for cyclocross. The reasons are: Motorist Hazard: There are always ignorant motorist who think they can save a ...
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Cyclocross bike as a touring bike

The Crossrip line isn't quite a cyclocross bike; its designed somewhere between a commuter bike and a cyclocross bike (more relaxed and heavier than most cyclocross bikes; also, rack+fender mounts). ...
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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?

Riding at 30kph average for 3 hours, in a hilly area is a solid effort. Assuming your pack riding skills are sufficient, you will also likely do fine in in a club ride that averages 30-40kph (but see ...
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Which type of bike is the right for these conditions?

It sounds like what you want is a gravel or adventure bike. There is not a distinct category, and different manufacturers use different names, but the basic attributes you are looking for are: Road ...
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Cyclocross for road bike type of routes - Increased risk of INJURY?

A CX bike is stable, strong, and will take wider tires. It is a great road and commute bicycle. It is built to race in city parks. It has a comfortable riding position. Just put touring tires on ...
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Why should I prioritize top tube length over stand over height on a CX bike?

Why should you prioritize top tube length over stand over? Because top tube length affects fit and stand over does not affect fit. When you are riding the bike stand over does not affect fit. My ...
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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?

Everything is relative. For 99% of the population 30kph for 3 hours would be amazing. For a male A grade club rider it would be an off day. For a female A grade club rider it's not bad for a solo ...
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How seriously should I take the maximum pressure rating of my cyclocross rims?

DT Swiss publishes the exact document you are looking for: Manuals page / RIMS / Tire Pressure/Dimension (PDF) The document specifies the maximum usable tire pressure based on rim and tire width. ...
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Can I 'toe in' these cantilever brake pads?

You could try replacing your current pads with a set that come with double conical washers. It sounds, and looks, like this set of pads doesn't have them, but there appears to be enough space for you ...
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Can double chainrings be used with a clutch-type rear derailleur?

This does not work in the specific case of a Sram CX1 rear derailleur, or the case of any other X-Horizon™ mechanisms. I purchased the CX1 derailleur and attempted with a 46/39 front chainring combo....
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How seriously should I take the maximum pressure rating of my cyclocross rims?

The reason that rims have maximum tire pressures is because the tire presses out at the bead seat. This load is carried by the "bend" in the 'U' shape of the rim. Higher pressures put more stress on ...
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Disadvantages of using QR->Thru Axle Adapters?

This is a deceptively complex question because it touches on many aspects of hub design, and answering it properly would also require taking some kind of survey of what design choices have wound up ...
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How can one remove this chainring?

What you need is known as a "Chain ring spanner" or a "Chain ring peg spanner". Very cheap to purchase.
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Can this frame be saved?

The frame is 100% trash. Do not attempt to use it at all. What you can do is to carefully remove everything from the frame. Discard the frame, and now you have a whole bunch of valuable parts. You ...
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Could a road bike be used for cyclocross?

I am unsure of the equipment provisions that the UCI puts on cyclocross racing, though with that not being considered it is possible yes. A lot of people have converted older steel frames and road ...
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How do I know what brake rotors to get for my bike?

TR160-35 is the model number. They are 160mm Centerlock rotors. If your new wheels have Centerlock hubs, then you need either centerlock rotors or adaptors. If the wheels are 6-bolt, then you need 6-...
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Which Type of Bike Would You Select If You Needed To Commute, Ride Fire Roads, and Regular Roads With 1 Bike?

Gravel bikes, with gravel tyres, will indeed be a bit slower, but it is still a perfectly usable bike for road riding as well. I do not really see a meaningful difference between a road bike with ...
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Are there any reasons why you would avoid going disc (other than cost) for racing cyclo cross?

One good reason to stick with cantilever is easier wheel swaps. Last weekend races, my son flatted and we did not put spare wheels in the pits. Neutral support had spare wheels and if my son had a ...
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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?

Use spacers on the 11 speed wheel to put a 10 speed cassette on. See your hub manufacturer's page for details, but its normally a 1.8(5) mm spacer (which comes with the hub, but you can buy ...
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Post cyclo cross race bike cleaning and lubrication for you bottom bracket?

Modern Cyclo-cross bikes typically used bottom brackets with sealed cartridge bearings. No real maintenance required, except to replace when worn out. When cleaning your bike, be careful as high ...
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How seriously should I take the maximum pressure rating of my cyclocross rims?

I would suggest contacting the manufacturer. They should be able to provide you with a chart indicating the maximum allowed tire pressure for different sized tires on your rim. It is worth noting ...
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