Fall means the end of the long, summer cycling season with its races and charity rides nearly every weekend. And that’s OK. For the hearty of soul, the curious, and those looking for a fun way to keep that on-the-bike fitness until spring, fall means the beginning of cyclocross season with it’s shorter, faster racing in less-than-ideal weather, cowbells, heckling and adult beverages. And that’s OK, too.
But the way we see it, it’s always ‘cross season! Whether you’re actually racing ‘cross, headed ‘cross town to work, ‘cross campus to class, ‘cross the neighborhood, or ‘cross the street for more beverages. A cyclocross bike can get you there – and back. Huh? Cyclocros bike? Isn’t ‘cross just racing bikes with skinny tires on the dirt? Don’t let their looks fool you; a ‘cross bike ain’t just a one trick pony. Sure, it’s well-suited to take on the rigors of racing in the lousy weather, over rocks, roots and mud – which isn’t too far off from a routine commute from some parts of the 704.
A ‘cross bike is the ultimate utility player. Check out some of the deets on the new Raleigh ‘cross bikes here. Space for wider tires means more rubber on the road. That means a smoother ride and more options for tires to suit dirt, gravel, mud or even asphalt! The slightly longer wheelbase and head tube angles mean more stability in the saddle; something every cyclist can appreciate. How ‘bout disc brakes? Now that they’re “race legal” you’ll find ‘em on even entry level cyclocross rigs. With the confidence to stop on dime in any weather you’ll wonder why it took so long to get to this point. And there are gearing options aplenty to suit where and how you’ll ride most often. Many frames have options for racks and fenders that can convert your ‘cross bike into a commuter you’ll WANT to ride every day. It’s like the &$#@ Swiss Army knife of bikes! If McGuyver rode a bike, it would be a ‘cross bike.
The bottom line: A cyclocross bike provides you with all sorts of opportunities to ride more often and in more place. And the more opportunities you have to ride your bike, the more likely you can – and will – ride your bike! We like that a lot. Yeah, we’ve got ’em. Roll on over to Bicycle Sport and see what all you can do with one! (If you’re coming this weekend, Fri., Aug. 30th – Mon., Sept. 2nd, take advantage of our big Labor Day Sale!)