Rapha Super Cross - Sat 16 Nov - ADVICE & TIPS please

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Rajiv
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Postby Rajiv » 06 Nov 2013, 20:52

I'm thinking about entering the Rapha Super Cross (for a laugh) under the novice/costume category. I've got a carbon road bike. I'd appreciate any advice/tips from experienced club members about whether this is likely to wreck my bike (and it's my only bike) or whether carbon road bikes can hold up to the rigours of cyclocross.

I assume I'd have to get some nobbly tires put on, and possibly swap my pedals for MTB style pedals.

Link to the event:
http://raphasupercross.com.au

Could my esteemed colleagues please shed light on whether I am a fool to consider doing it on my carbon road bike?

Cheers,
Rajiv

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humanbeing
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Postby humanbeing » 06 Nov 2013, 21:19

Risky I would think but I've never done cyclocross.
If you come on the La Pa ride in the morning some of the wise heads will have more of an idea.
Peter

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utopia
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Postby utopia » 06 Nov 2013, 21:19

My friend rode for Rapha in cyclocross films over asia , bike-wise he was using his Dogma at that time if I recall, but that stood up ok.
However he wrecked his Shamals wheelset.

There's a reason why Rapha Continental riders get a Ti Firefly bike with bomb proof wheels.

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Postby Lizanne » 07 Nov 2013, 07:52

if you can get knobbly tyres on in the first place. i thought converting a fixie of mine into a cross bike was just a matter of pedals and tyres. i had a few other issues, but the main ones were chain stay clearance, and brake clearance. i had to buy a new set (well old vintage non aero) brakes, and then i went from 35mm to 32mm tyres to accommodate fro the chain stay clearance.
i'm using a poorly made $20 steel frame from the 80's off e-bay... and the road bike geometry and clearance is still really tight.

i would recomend finding someone with 32mm cross tyres and see if you can get that on your bike first. if that works, then start buying stuff.

p.s.
carbon road bike will survive a cross race just fine. i used to take mine mountain biking all the time. as long as you dont crash the frame into something hard, the bike will survive

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Colin Campbell
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Postby Colin Campbell » 07 Nov 2013, 12:02

An excellent way to scratch the Jamis regardless of knobbly tyres or MTB pedals!

Rajiv
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Postby Rajiv » 07 Nov 2013, 15:51

Hmm, maybe I'll stick to being a spectator for now.

Thank you all for your tips.

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Postby Gowza » 07 Nov 2013, 17:24

The good thing is; if you trash it, you'll need a new one!! Have a crack!

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Postby Jdubs » 08 Nov 2013, 01:22

I think I may spectate too. Too poor for a new bike. haha

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Postby timothy_clifford » 11 Nov 2013, 11:34

I'm just going to throw this out there and see if anyone is tempted:
A weeks ago, I found a steel frame put out for curb-side collection. It's an Europa frame with flat bars but takes a 700c wheelset (tested on my Fulcrum 5s). It should be able to accommodate 32mm or 35mm tyres. It comes equipped with cantilever brakes, a triple crankset, but no wheels, seat or seat-post, and a very rusty chain. Not sure of the state of the dérailleurs.
If you want to take it off my hands and built it up into a cyclocross frankenbike, as I was intending, my wife would be ever grateful. You <i>could</i> swap parts from your road bike onto the Europa and race in the super cross.

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Camilla
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Postby Camilla » 11 Nov 2013, 15:51

Tempting indeed! What size is it?

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Camilla
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Postby Camilla » 11 Nov 2013, 20:48

:( A little big for me. But I'm sure you'll have other takers. Europa alley trash! What could be better.


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