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Cycle cross - beginners advice

Discussion in 'Pro Cycling (Road and Track Racing)' started by shieldp, 4 Feb 2008.

  1. shieldp

    shieldp New Member

    Hi, I'm from a cross country running background but my knees are telling me that age is catching up so I'm looking for something not quite so demanding on knees but still a good challenge in fields, mud etc. Cycle cross seems to tick all the boxes.
    I've got no previous bike experience. I've been looking at a Giant TCX Zero is this considered to be ok (seemed very pricey!) Also, what do you do about shoes? do you cycle in cross country shoes and open pedals or try to run in cycle shoes?
    Any other advice for a beginner welcome!
    Thanks
     
  2. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Location:
    Crewe
    shieldo, I'm no crosser, but in the absence of anyone more knowledgable than me, BikeRadar did do a series of articles designed to be an introduction to the sport.

    I'm not sure if it will have the answers you're looking for, but part one is here;

    http://www.bikeradar.com/racing/article/cyclo-cross-tips-gear-and-more-12681
     
  3. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    Cycling shoes. There isn't often that much running involved. If you are running fit, you'll do well, but do some hard training in bike handling and you'll do better.
     
  4. papercorn2000

    papercorn2000 Senior Member

    Mountain bike shoes and pedals. Most people opt for Crank bros. Egg-beaters - they are light, easy to get in and out of and they shed mud easily.
     
  5. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    I think most people use SPDs looking around.

    Personally, I'd recommend Time Atacs.

    Tip, make sure your shoes take studs.
     
  6. dan_bo

    dan_bo How much does it cost to Oldham?

    Location:
    Failsworth
    have you seen the Focus Cross Pro 2008?

    my word that's one good value, good looking bike. I'd have one tomorrow if i had a spare grand.
     
  7. mr-marty-martin

    mr-marty-martin New Member

    tbh some of the best cross riders are runners, ive added two hard runs into my weekly training plan and im seeing the benifits all the time, for the amount of time your actualy of your bike cycling shoes are better (spd's) much more afficanty and actulay pritty grippy when running over hurdles etc
     
  8. atbman

    atbman Über Member

    Paul Milnes does a pretty good line in good value, inexpensive 'cross bikes and does a flourishing trade in mail order if you can't get to his shop in Bradford.
     
  9. Soltydog

    Soltydog Guru

    Location:
    near Hornsea
    Has the shop moved, cause last time i was in Bradford & went past the shop on Little Horton lane it looked closed down :biggrin:
     
  10. palinurus

    palinurus Guru

    Location:
    Watford
    I bought some bits from their eBay shop a few weeks back.
     
  11. Soltydog

    Soltydog Guru

    Location:
    near Hornsea
    Was back in Bradford today & passed said shop & it was open for business. Must have just been closed when i last passed, but there is a for sale sign on the building, but that could be for the flat above :eek: