Category Archives: cross bike
Manual for Speed Does Jingle Cross
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Cyclocross is, to me anyway, more visually interesting than road racing, especially when it’s through the lens of Manual for Speed. Jingle Cross lives in infamy for being a really, really, really, cold and tough race, both of which is evident in Manual for Speed’s Part 1 and Part 2 of their coverage… Check it out!

Dec 2, 2014 1 comment
The 2014 Surf City Cyclocross Finals – Brian Vernor
The 2014 Surf City Cyclocross Finals - Brian Vernor

The 2014 Surf City Cyclocross Finals
Words and photos by Brian Vernor

My own history of racing cyclocross with the Surf City Cyclocross Series is too long to recount in a short article. In brief, Surf City Cyclocross is why I made my first film, Pure Sweet Hell (which premiered ten years ago this month), and why I have kept cyclocross near to my heart since my first race as a junior in 1993.

There are many heartlands of cyclocross. I’ve been to Belgium, Spain, Holland, Japan, and all over the United States, searching for the best action, beautiful courses, and the cult-like communities which make up the cross scene in each of those unique cyclocross heartlands. I appreciate all of them, but I appreciate none of them more than my own scene. That’s how it should be. People here in Santa Cruz have doggedly stuck to the core of what is cyclocross in America. Cyclocross is a contradiction; it sucks to do, and it’s glorious to have done it. Cyclocross will never have the audience and participation of football, basketball, or baseball, though we involved are always trying to grow it while keeping it true. Truth comes first and growth comes second.

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Dec 1, 2014 24 comments
SRAM’s CX1 Force Cassette Gets Bigger with 11-36t
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Up from the 36 chambers!

Any numerologist will tell you that 36 is highly significant. It is both the square of 6 as well as what is referred to as a triangular number, resulting in a square triangular number. To top that, 36 is the smallest square triangular number other than 1.

Religious scholars will note its significance throughout early doctrine. In the Midrash, God created light on the first day and it shined for 36 hours. Since we’re near Hannukah, observe the 36 candles. The Māori believe the god Tāne commanded 36 gods to assemble the first human before he would breathe life into her body.

… and of course Wu-tang.

Maybe SRAM is onto something here? Or maybe your cross bike’s CX-1 kit just got a lot more versatile. The CX1 11-36t cassette hits your local bike shop in January, just in time to bring it to Austin for Cross Nats… You’re gonna need it!

Dec 1, 2014 8 comments
Jordan’s Sizemore Cross Tourer
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Buying your first custom frame can be a daunting process, especially if you’re not 100% committed to a specific kind of bike, or intended function. I feel like this particular frame design, what I’m calling the cross tourer is a fairly common request for builders. It’s a cross bike with front rack braze-ons. While the front end’s trail isn’t ideal for a heavy load, the owner can put a light bag on the front and transform it to a S24 rig, or take the rack off and race cross on it just fine.

Jordan’s been drawn to the work of Taylor Sizemore for some time now, so when the time came to put a deposit down, he contacted Sizemore and put down a deposit. The end result is truly custom. Taylor takes the time to hand-paint various logos on each of his bikes, including his signature arrows on the head tube. As far as the geometry is concerned, the top tube is a bit longer than normal to eliminate toe overlap, resulting in a shorter stem, but same reach.

Fitted with Paul MiniMotos, White Industries cranks and hubs, this bike is as American as Smokey Bear… See more in the Gallery!

Nov 24, 2014 22 comments
Cadence Pop-Up at CXLA Tomorrow!
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If you’re going to the races tomorrow in LA, do a few things for me: say hi to Tenspeed Hero, High Five any and all Mudfoot racers, check out Cadence’s pop-up at the Greek theater and swing by Golden Saddle afterwards!

Nov 21, 2014 1 comment
Blue Lug: Another Custom Rew10 Works SSCX
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If there was an award each year for the best customized shop bikes, Blue Lug would win it. From Surly to Fairweather and now Rew10 Works, their shop bikes are so beautiful. Check out this blue Mondrian SSCX bike, complete with that disc front and canti rear setup… While we’re at it, check out these photos on the Blue Lug blog from what appears to be a Sim Works bike show / store opening of sorts.

Nov 21, 2014 1 comment