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I'm toying with the idea of getting a cyclocross bike...anyone out there want to weigh in on the subject? advice? pros? cons? events in the area?


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Evan Marks (not verified)

Pro: a go-anwhere-, do-anything bike. Replaces that heavy MTB you never use (unless you're into serious technical riding); swap tires and do group rides on it.

Con: maybe 1/2 to 1 lb heavier than a comparable road bike.

Events: within city limits - Kissena cyclocross, might not happen this year unless the velodrome is finally finished or an alternate venue is found. Out of the city -events galore, I'll post links as I find them.

Got my eye on that Aegis Shaman CX frame...

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Evan Marks (not verified)
events, etc

(scroll down to September, etc)

Get the book, well worth the price: ""Cyclo-Cross Training & Technique"" by Simon Burney

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Diane Goodwin (not verified)
Richard Sachs ...

.... is a frame builder from Connecticut who has a cyclocross race team and also races. His web address is: You should email him your questions as he is responsive.

Karl Dittebrandt (NYCC member) races cyclocross as a master. Contact him as he is full of info.

I went to a race with Karl in New England. The location was a YMCA camp in Connecticut. There are races in LI and NJ. The season ends in December. It's a great way to cross-train during Fall/Winter. The event is demanding as you need to run up small hills and jump over / climb over obstacles. I remember Karl saying an inexpensive bike is fine for beginning.

In Brattleboro, Vermont, the Bike Barn sells bikes and actually has a track in the field behind the shop. This is a great place to check out - they have a site on the web too.

Good luck.

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Mark Loftis (not verified)
Try Bicycling Magazine website

Post your question at the buying forum at and you'll get lots of advice. Better yet, go to the forum and do a search.

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Alfredo Garcia (not verified)
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Karl Dittebrandt (not verified)
cross bikes

A good one to check is the Surly Double Cross

Bike works on ridge st can get these. For the money they can not be beat

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Carolyn (not verified)

to everyone--Evan, Diane, Mark, Alfredo and Karl--for responding to my query about cyclocross...what a great resource our clubmembers are!


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