Cyclocross

We're so into Cyclocross that we made this special page for it. Also publish a Tumblr about Suffer Faces.

Cross Season 2010/11

Cross Season starts for us this weekend at Kruger’s Kermesse.

We’ll have new bikes from Redline

and kits from Cycling Northwest

Cycling Northwest Kit

The Redline Team issue is updated with a carbonS-bend rear stays and

  • Double butted 7046 aluminum tubing
  • Integrated headset,
  • carbon fork
  • SRAM Force 10 shifters & derailers
  • FSA BB30 Energy 46 x 36t cranks
  • Mavic Ksyrium wheelset w Schwalbe Racing Ralph tires.

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Secret and No Cyclocross Training

If you’ve got a Cross scene in your area, you’re likely either training now or hearing about Cross clinics. That’s where you practice dismounts, barriers, running, and so on. Some racers take Cross very seriously and others just for fun. We’re somewhere in between and practice in secret

and Eric (in his off-season largess, below) has a special work out, as he described it

It’s really low key and for everyone. especially if you have no intention of riding a bike. details below:

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What: The “I Don’t Want to Stick A Fork in My Eye, But I’ll Drink Beer and Watch Others Stick A Fork In Their Eye” ‘cross workout**
When: Saturday September 18, 2010
Time: Sometime after 3:00PM or whenever
Where: Marymoor Velodrome Infield, Beer Garden
Why: Track is over, the road season is over, beer is good and we can cheer-on many of our friends (and my wife!) who will be happily partaking in the dirty festivus 
Requirements: $ for beer, have some good boots to wear in case there’s mud, a vuvuzela or other obnoxious noisemaker,  a will to have beer or just be around those who like beer.

More Cross.

Cyclocross disc brakes: it gets serious from here on out

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p> It’s official: the UCI has declared that disc brakes will be legal for all cyclocross competition for the 2010-2011 season. The rumour circulating the interwebs is that Shimano made a push to convince the UCI to make the rule amendment.

Among the advantages of disc brakes is that rims can be made lighter because they wouldn’t need to act as braking surfaces. Riders will be able to brake more effectively in all conditions particularly mud, and there wouldn’t be brake pads next to the rim to pack on mud. However, forks would need to be beefier.

All this has been mentioned for years, but now it seems that with the UCI’s blessing, we are perhaps now on the eve of the next big revolution in bicycle equipment. Cyclocross is the doorway through which disc brake systems integrated into dropbar shift/brake reach the consumer as well as the natural path for discs to reach UCI acceptance to road racing.

That said, there’s a number of design issues which I’m gonna love seeing Shimano and SRAM overcome….

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Crossing the Line

Some things you do in cycling to prove a point – to yourself. The point is made by climbing a steep hill fully loaded with your commuter gear and laptop, finishing a charity ride with the front group, or mastering a new trick on your fixed gear.

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For this racer, it was crossing the line with her bike. She didn’t have to do that. In the last lap of a crit, racers in a crash get the pack finish and time, but she did. It was to say, “I finished this damn Boat Street race.” She had crashed the day before at Ballard.

Cyclocross bikes: For those about to tinker, we salute you

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p> I finally got my new cyclocross frame painted and assembled. It’s another Davidson frameset, this time in steel. As usual, I designed the bike down to the millimeter and chose the tubes and fittings (but I don’t do fabrication or painting). A cyclocross bike is in its very nature the bastard child of the mountainbike and road bike, and as such no truly integrated component group exists to hang on those frames harmoniously. I’ve had 2 other cyclocross bikes in the past 15 years, and each one has involved a lot of fiddling with components. This time around I’ll be trying out a number of new bits

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