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CapeRoadie

I went ahead and did it...

Just bought one of these:



I donated to my LBS youth development team, get to be on the 2008 jersey and the owner gets me all product at cost plus 5%. Paid $925 USD for it. Retails for $1429. How could I pass it up?

My first cyclocross race is next Tuesday. I rode it this morning early through a local state park along the MTB paths. I had a blast!

But...am I crazy?
kellyrocheearly

every done cyclocross before Cape??
Its supposed to be great fun, loads of guys from my club have been racing the last couple of weekends and love it. Just have to get used to getting on and off quick over the obstacles and start at the front
I'm not brave enough to try it...
Ralphnorman

not bad at all CR...something that I've thought about...when doing cyclo x, would it be easier(seeing as your running up hills with your bike) to have the old fashioned straps pedals? Pulling your feet out of pedals with cleats is hard when your tired, in fact, what kind of pedals do they use?
sheeponabike

Cyclo-cross? You must be bonkers.
Nice looking machine tho'
We're still waiting for the pics of the fixed wheel - or have I missed'em?
CapeRoadie

kellyrocheearly wrote:
every done cyclocross before Cape??
Its supposed to be great fun, loads of guys from my club have been racing the last couple of weekends and love it. Just have to get used to getting on and off quick over the obstacles and start at the front
I'm not brave enough to try it...


Never before. Will do that practice race in Middleboro on Tuesday nights now. Went out this a.m. on the MTB trails in Nickerson State Park here in Brewster and LOVED IT! The on and off thing is a real skill. You should try it, KRE. Beats the winter blahs I'm told.
CapeRoadie

sheeponabike wrote:
Cyclo-cross? You must be bonkers.
Nice looking machine tho'
We're still waiting for the pics of the fixed wheel - or have I missed'em?


Found my wife's digital camera. Pictures today of the actual bikes.
CapeRoadie

Ralphnorman wrote:
not bad at all CR...something that I've thought about...when doing cyclo x, would it be easier(seeing as your running up hills with your bike) to have the old fashioned straps pedals? Pulling your feet out of pedals with cleats is hard when your tired, in fact, what kind of pedals do they use?


Straps would kill you. Everyone's on clipless and cleats, Ralph.
forza_petacchi

You might want to use mtb pedals/shoes to avoid getting dirt in your cleats.
CapeRoadie

forza_petacchi wrote:
You might want to use mtb pedals/shoes to avoid getting dirt in your cleats.


Doing that.
Bartali

Cool bike Cape!! Will keep you fit ... and muddy ... throughout the winter!
CapeRoadie

Bartali wrote:
Cool bike Cape!! Will keep you fit ... and muddy ... throughout the winter!


I'm hoping! Hate the wheels and hubs. Fortunately, 'cross wheels are the same as road wheels, and I have a spare pair of Ksyrium SSL's for this bike. It has a Bontrager carbon seatpost which will end up on my road bike tomorrow. The roadie's aluminum post will end up on this. Can't be having an ugly seat post on the roadie any longer. But 'cross is all about ugly and dirty, so why not?

I actually like the stock saddle on this XO1. Not planning on spending much time in it anyway.

Went out for another trail ride tonight. Had an awesome time with my 9-year old going up and down the trails. She's racing a kid's 'cross race tomorrow. I missed the deadline to enter--just as well as it's a 2-hour drive and my race would have been 9 a.m. No thanks!

It's really great being able to get off road--didn't think I'd like it so much. It has the identical fit to my 58cm roadie, too, so it feels really comfy.

Bartali you have to visit us here one day.
Bartali

For a moment there I thought you were suggesting you were entering the same race as your daughter! Smile

The nobbly tires look kind of cool!

Did some cross when I was about 10 or 11. I didn't take to it, but that was probably because I was rubbish. I'll stick to the mtb and the fixie throughout the cold winter - If I get it built up in time.

cheers
CapeRoadie

I could finally WIN a race! The nobby tire look is definitely cool. What's your gearing on the fixie? What kind of MTB?

Cheers, mate, and get well soon!
Bartali

I'll order the fixie frame on monday - tried yesterday, but no one around to take special orders. I hadn't thought about gears. Probably a bit lower than normal because i) knee won't be super strong for a while, ii) I'm not a 'powerful' rider, and iii) its a bit hilly (well rolling) where I live.

What gear are you riding? 50x18?

MTB is a Cove Stiffie hardtail kitted out with raceface and xtr. Its a light(ish) tough work horse which has been with me on 5 continents over the years (if you count N and S America as two)
Bartali

Not the best picture in the world (I was a bit delerious), but here's my mtb at the top of a pretty high climb!!

forza_petacchi

Was this in Tibet? It looks pretty cold!
kellyrocheearly

it looks like the moon!
18,000ft very impressive Bartali. Gino would be proud of you
Bartali

forza_petacchi wrote:
Was this in Tibet? It looks pretty cold!


Very close Forza. Leh in the Indian Himalaya.
Ralphnorman

well done, not bad at all...but whats with all the flags?
CapeRoadie

Bartali wrote:
forza_petacchi wrote:
Was this in Tibet? It looks pretty cold!


Very close Forza. Leh in the Indian Himalaya.


MAN! That's a cool picture and a way cool thing you did!
CapeRoadie

Ralphnorman wrote:
well done, not bad at all...but whats with all the flags?


Tibetan prayer flags, lad.
berck

Bartali wrote:
Not the best picture in the world (I was a bit delerious), but here's my mtb at the top of a pretty high climb!!



Who is that guy with your bike Bartali. It surely doesn't look like you! Wink
Bartali

A younger, fatter, less fit and oxygen deprived Bartali I'm afraid! Wink
berck

Looks nothing like you avatar. Wink Very Happy
Bartali

berck wrote:
Looks nothing like you avatar. Wink Very Happy


Laughing Laughing Laughing
CapeRoadie

Ralphnorman wrote:
not bad at all CR...something that I've thought about...when doing cyclo x, would it be easier(seeing as your running up hills with your bike) to have the old fashioned straps pedals? Pulling your feet out of pedals with cleats is hard when your tired, in fact, what kind of pedals do they use?


Finally read this again, Ralph...

Similar to mountain bike pedals if not indeed the same thing.  I have Shimano...not that hard to extricate oneself.
thunderthighs

bartali.. not many miles on those legs.. train harder dude.. ciao
Bartali

thunderthighs wrote:
bartali.. not many miles on those legs.. train harder dude.. ciao


That was before I bought a road bike my friend!

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