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  1. #16
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    Mar 2007
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalidurga View Post
    Once you go 'cross, you never go back. I'm beyond ready to upgrade from my Tri-Cross Sport, and when I do it'll be for another 'cross bike because I can ride it ANYWHERE (aside from rocky mtb trails, tried that last year and almost shook some fillings out of my teeth). I hadn't considered Cannondale, but yours is so pretty that now I may need to go check out their sizes and geometry.

    That Portland Cross Crusade looks like a blast. The races here in the DC/B'more area aren't quite that wild yet.
    I think Cannondale makes great cross bikes - but I'm a bit bias. They have 2 basic frames and multiple groups. Unfortunately, to get my '09 CAAD 9 CX frame in a '10 they upgraded the groupo and added about $1000. They still have CAAD 8 based frame at the entry level, but I really like the 9 frame. They run big, but lifetime warranty for a stiff & light US built frame.

    P.S. My LBS just got a Tri-Cross Single Speed in, looks like a blast for a flatter course...

  2. #17
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Chicago
    Posts
    293
    I'm surprised by the lack of racing in Indiana!

    http://cxmagazine.com/national-cyclo...-races-clinics

    You've definitely got to come to Chicago. Many of our courses are dry with lots of grass, but last year they started getting creative, which made the courses much more enjoyable with more variation.

    I'm riding a Cannondale this year, and LOVE it. Compared to my Redline, it is much sturdier and more comfortable. It handles beautifully.
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  3. #18
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Wisconsin
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. SR500 View Post
    Midwest cross seems much less - muddy. Lots of grass, sand pit, barriers, run -ups, etc... They had rain last Sunday in Cincinnati so it got nice and muddy, but isn't the norm like in the Northwest.

    Love the video!
    I dunno up here in Wisco we have some pretty gnarly conditions. We've had quite a few races get canceled this year because there ends up being a giant lake of muddy water from all the rain. There usually ends up being some non-official race in a different, but equally muddy location.

    I'm not a cross racer yet, but have lots of friends that do it. I'm waiting to get a new bike in the spring. Then i'll ride all summer and hope I can start competing! We have a lot of female racers and it's pretty big around Madison and Milwaukee.

    We even have our own women's off road biking association. It's a really awesome biking community here.

    I'd have to say we between Oregon and Wisconsin I don't know who's crazier about the sport haha.

  4. #19
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Posts
    112
    Did my first race last weekend, had a blast. Wasn't last and finished! Seriously great time on a bike, racing again in a couple weeks in Indy - can't wait!

  5. #20
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Cincinnati
    Posts
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    Quote Originally Posted by SR500 View Post
    Did my first race last weekend, had a blast. Wasn't last and finished! Seriously great time on a bike, racing again in a couple weeks in Indy - can't wait!
    Awesome! I've raced OVCX the last three years. Took Women's 3/4 overall 2nd place 2 years ago and 3rd overall last year. This year I got sick with bronchitis and a bacterial infection in my lungs right after the UCI weekend and am so far behind in the points it's not even funny. Skipped Lexington today to ride Versailles on the mtb with all my friends as it was way too nice out to ride cross.

    Practice running stairs. Brookside's got a bunch of them! Hope to see you there.

  6. #21
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Netherlands
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    Wow that's one nice lookin cross bike! I need to wipe the drool off my keyboard now! LOL

  7. #22
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Portland
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    Quote Originally Posted by SR500 View Post
    Did my first race last weekend, had a blast. Wasn't last and finished! Seriously great time on a bike, racing again in a couple weeks in Indy - can't wait!
    Good on ya for getting out there and racing your beautiful bike. Congrats on your not-last finish!

 

 

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