Cycle cross - beginners advice

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
 

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
 

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.
 

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.
 

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
 

atbman

Veteran
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.
 

Soltydog

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

Soltydog

Legendary Member
Location
near Hornsea
Soltydog said:
Has the shop moved, cause last time i was in Bradford & went past the shop on Little Horton lane it looked closed down ;)
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:
 
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