Cyclocross

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

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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2010 Predictions: Urban Cyclocross

Our series of irreverent 2010 predictions tweets, included Urban Cyclocross. That’s an alleycat with runups and barriers.

Followers responded that they’d like to see that and promoters are already doing it.

ChromeBagsSF:
Bilenky Cycle Works @bikehugger here you go. Still trying to track down the one we sponsored.
CyclingTexas:
Sounds good to me! In Houston there could be some great courses.
brianchasm:
done. coming again this year in kc
mudandgears:
Dicky aka teamdicky.com had a post up on his site about a race he did a few weeks ago.
porkodio:
Wouldn’t surprise me!
natbaker:
surprised that hasn’t happened yet, actually
altnerd:
urban cyclocross sounds like a good time. If you want help setting one up in Seattle, let me know.
austinon2wheels:
In Austin, we call it alleycross, and due to our pretty light cyclocross calendar have been doing it for several years now.

Photo Uploaded by ©hrisGo. We also predicted that Harajuku rides will displace Tweed. No word yet if that’s happening already.

Cross Natz: Drum Line

There’s something special about ‘Cross racing that I can’t quite put my finger on. Maybe it’s the awesomely tight courses with splattering mud. Maybe it’s the excited fans, the Belgium frites. Oh, no, wait. It’s the huge-ass drum lines!

A big cross race is the closest we get to the sidelines of a climb on Le Tour, with all the fans and fanatics squeezed into a park instead of lining a Col somewhere in the Alps.


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