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ewanmac

Member since Feb 2009 • Last active Aug 2017

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    I think I learned a bit of a lesson at tonight's race... So far all the races I've done have been in the dry but today was a slick mud bath. The only upgrades are likely to make a meaningful difference to my speed are a decent set of grippy tyres, a big improvement in handling ability, and some bigger balls.

    I think I'll follow @fredtc's advice and just swap to a more cross oriented gearing and invest in some proper tyres for now - that will be the cheapest option. Then I'll maybe think about a dedicated CX bike if something cheap crops up.

    I think I've just been dazzled by all the posh bikes at the front and a longing for some shiny new kit.

    So, recommend me some nice grippy tyres. Do most people usually have several sets of tyres that they select on the day based on the conditions?

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    Cheers all.

    I originally bought my CdF as a "do it all" gravel/tourer/commuter/offroad bike but never felt satisfied with it as a jack of all trades... When I had fat tyres fitted it was sluggish on the road, mudguards and panniers just got in the way off road etc. Then someone suggested I try cross and so I stripped all the touring/commuting bits off and I've loved the summer series so far, but obviously the setup still isn't ideal.

    So, should I:
    a) buy a dedicated CX bike and return the CdF to touring/commuting duties?
    b) convert the CdF into a more cross oriented build (Sram Rival 1x drivetrain, maybe carbon disc forks to save some weight) and rebuild my rusty old steel rat frame back into a regular commuter.

    I think I prefer option b because we're currently saving for a house and I think it would be cheaper, and also I get the feeling that cross is a discipline where it's harder to buy speed than it is in TTs and so a £1,000 C2W cross bike is unlikely to make me much faster than the upgraded CdF.

    What would you do? How much difference does a fancy carbon bike make in cross? Even with a carbon fork, I imagine the CdF will still weigh a ton.

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    Not a better organised parts bin, but by chance I was able to find one of my straps in the bottom of a box of bits (the other got chopped up as an emergency substitute for a lost o-ring :-) ). I only have the strap though, as both the plastic cap and the light are still in regular use.

    @MCamb PM me your address and you are welcome to have it if you buy the forum a beer.

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    Possibly interested in the frameset depending on price.

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    noob question about CX gearing...

    I've so far ridden a grand total of 6 CX races (all summer events so relatively tame) and I seem to get an enormous amount of chain slap and my gears seem to jump around a lot, particularly over the bumpy sections. Indexing and drive train appear to be perfectly set up on the road but are super annoying during cross.

    My guess is that this is because I'm riding my touring bike (CdF) with touring gears (50/34, 11-34 and a tiagra RD), and since I'm always in the little chainring for cross, my chain is too long.

    Is this a common problem, and is there anything I can do? I guess I could try removing a link or two but then that would be annoying when the bike goes back to touring duties.

    Also since I'd love to get a dedicated cross bike, how much difference do clutched RDs make in this situation? I'm looking very enviously at the riders with SRAM 1x setups.

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    Fat less dense than water innit....

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    Phew! Now I can go and ride my bike...

    Amazing job @hippy

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    Based on Daniel Johansson's position #111, @hippy must be so very very close now.

    @skinny... just ride out there and find him for us, won't you?

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    Genetics are cool.

    [Shakes fist!]

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