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So You Want to Be a Bike Racer... Here's How!
June 12, 2013 - Bike racing is a fun sport. Or it used to be. You'll have to tell me. Perhaps the main thing that has changed about it is that you'll need a carbon bike with aero wheels to do well. You'll want the bike to weigh no more than 18 lbs. I hope such a thing is available, built of reliable parts, with an enjoyable geometry, for $2k or so,... > Read
CX Your Roadbike for Better Summer Fun!
April 29, 2013 - I just had fun doing a little underbiking in the true CX style. What's that, you ask? Well, nowadays a lot of CX bikes are just that CX bikes. But back in the day, CX is what roadies did in the winter. On their road bikes. You know what that did for them? Well, they had winter fun but they also got to know their road bikes a LOT be... > Read
Cyclocross Mag #20: Worlds + Gravel
April 25, 2013 - Just got the new issue of CX Mag. It has a lot of background on the Worlds. It's neat how they don't try to cover the event 'as it happened' -- that's what their website does. Instead, they go deep.
And they include a cute pic that includes Ol' Antler Helmet! : )
More at http://www.cxmagazine.com -- a sub is only $20, so c'mo... > Read
S24O Rose Lake: My First S24O!
April 23, 2013 - I've been hankering to do a Sub 24 Hour Overnight bikecamping trip for years now. It's been hilariously frustrating trying to find an evening that's free and with nice weather -- and we aren't even busy people.
The Midwest is complicated in a way for this kind of camping, since the best seasons for it are spring and fall -- ske... > Read
Nudging CX to the Next Level: Nearly There!
April 22, 2013 - I think the CX scene is *almost* there in terms of rebuilding a new core in US sport cycling. Only a few more pieces in the puzzle are needed. I'm no expert -- it's just a hunch.
To show you how close CX is, right now it has the sport, and the mayhem, and the silliness that's needed (new issue #20 of CX Mag has a good silliness ... > Read
Cyclocross Magazine: Gilly the Superfan, Issue #19
April 13, 2013 - I just got Issue #19 of Cyclocross magazine. And there I find yet another reason why I'm digging CX so much. The darn thing just blew me away yet again. Usually it's the events themselves that blow me away but this time it's the mag! Very cool!
There's a big article about this superfan, Gilly. He dresses in a Ghillie suit and h... > Read
Barry-Roubaix 2013: WOW! We Survived!
March 24, 2013 - Wow, what a day! I did the 36-mile Barry-Roubaix and had a dandy time.
Here's my report...
So, I didn't go too hard and kept my wits and could smile and chat. And I didn't crash on all the ice and I found folks to draft on the road. I really enjoyed the chances for fun bike handling. I was cool and didn't scare anyone but I g... > Read
Barry-Roubaix: Craziness on the Way!
March 13, 2013 - Barry-Roubaix is coming! Are you getting ready? I've gone out a couple times now. Whenever we get our melts I try to grab a bit of pedal time.
I'm still just awed by the turnout. Where do they come from?
...3,000 entries for likely nasty weather and conditions on a brutal course for which few will be prepared. We only have a... > Read
Barry-Roubaix: Biggest Bike Boom Yet?
February 20, 2013 - Barry-Roubaix is becoming crazy big even by bike-crazy standards. What's going on? In 4 yrs it's up to 3000 RIDERS???!!!
And it's a HARD dirt ride. It'll break yer legs off. Where do these people come from?
As far as I know the promotion is a one-man show, to boot! -- Ol' Rick Plite! Go, Rick!
It's not quite as big as... > Read
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Project Reports: Roadbike works for CX! ...Tufo repair success!
February 06, 2013 - ROADBIKE CX:
So last week it was finally time to test my new CX conversion bike project! Actually, it had been raining for a day or so, so it wasn't THAT great of timing, but whatever.
Late last fall I happily realized that my old 28mm sewup CX tires will fit the clearances of my '00 Giant TCR Aluxx gofast frame! I ... > Read
Vintage Extreme Cyclocross
January 14, 2013 - The CX Worlds are coming to Louisville!
For inspiration here's how they did it back in the day...
More at: http://www.blackbirdsf.org/cx/2007_01.html
I'd like to see more of this in today's courses. Keep it in a park but get it nastier than usual. Make it crazy but then ... still possible to do with some flow ... hmm, mi... > Read
New "Rene Herse"
January 12, 2013 - Jan Heine just released his new bike book, which was a huge labor of love. It's the complete story of Rene Herse, the premier French bike maker and designer, the father of the light cyclotouring scene and concept. It's 400+ pages and full of bikes and historic cycling pics dedicting the Herse era and legend, both socially and tec... > Read
I want to set up a XC course like it's CX...
January 11, 2013 - That's my plan!
CX (cyclocross) is so much fun with its tricky handling flow that I think an XC ski course would be just as much fun if set up similarly.
(I also think that CC running courses should be set up more like CX. Apparently many nowadays are designed to be flat'n'fast. I see the place for that but also for scramb... > Read
CX Races: Party Time!
December 14, 2012 - Whenever there's a guy in a sombrero at your race, watch out!
I did the Detroit Invitational a couple weeks ago at the old Dorais velodrome and had a blast. ("DICX" for short.)
...But they had a Tequila Shortcut. Ouch.
This CX stuff has the right idea for fun, popular outdoor action. The unpredictable variety of the sp... > Read
"No Sport for Young Men": Old Bike Works Fine at CX Race
November 19, 2012 - Well, I did a CX race yesterday on my new old bike, a 36-yr-old Nishiki Comp.
I wore the green'n'white iBOB jersey for the first time in an event! (Subhead: "Leather, wool, steel." With OYB sewn on the back.)
(Wool jersies, esp SS, don't have a great slot in my seasonality line-up. But once it gets cold I'm all wool tee's,... > Read