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Old 09-26-2012, 07:33 AM   #25246
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Looks like I've been horn-swaggled into competing in my first ever Psychlo-cross race this weekend. Heading to Asheville and then to Johnson City, TN for my trial by mud... pray for me.
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:36 AM   #25247
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Looks like I've been horn-swaggled into competing in my first ever Psychlo-cross race this weekend. Heading to Asheville and then to Johnson City, TN for my trial by mud... pray for me.
Tee hee.

You're either gonna love it or hate it. There's really not much middle ground.

Few quick tips: the field sprint's in the beginning. Warm up well.

If it don't hurt, you're doing it wrong

Its probably the hardest thing I've done on 2 wheels but the most fun at the same time.

If you see a handup, take it. You'll make the day of whomever is doing the handup. I've gotten a $69 gift card from the shop putting on the race before. Lots of $1s and beers at some of the races.

G'luck!

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Old 09-26-2012, 08:26 AM   #25248
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Tee hee.

You're either gonna love it or hate it. There's really not much middle ground.

Few quick tips: the field sprint's in the beginning. Warm up well.

If it don't hurt, you're doing it wrong

Its probably the hardest thing I've done on 2 wheels but the most fun at the same time.

If you see a handup, take it. You'll make the day of whomever is doing the handup. I've gotten a $69 gift card from the shop putting on the race before. Lots of $1s and beers at some of the races.

G'luck!

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Grassy ass Gummee. Crits are my forte' so I'm hoping the CX will be similar... only with the added humility of mud in places I dare not mention.
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:31 AM   #25249
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Grassy ass Gummee. Crits are my forte' so I'm hoping the CX will be similar... only with the added humility of mud in places I dare not mention.
Harder than crits. There's really no way to hide whether you're strong or not. IOW no pack to hide in.

Riding a cross bike across a grassy field and putting down power is tough. AMHIK

This time of year is probably won't be as muddy as you think. Wait a bit tho. Good mid-atlantic videos here

Next weekend's race last year was muddy. Don't think it'll be like that this year, but I've been known to be wrong before


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Old 09-26-2012, 08:39 AM   #25250
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Nice... I'll be sure and document my antics with pictures for y'alls entertainment.
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Old 09-26-2012, 09:01 AM   #25251
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Breaking news...

As of last weekend, I've officially made the transition from flats to clipless pedals.

Just thought you'd all like to know.
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Old 09-26-2012, 09:04 AM   #25252
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As of last weekend, I've officially made the transition from flats to clipless pedals.

Just thought you'd all like to know.
Great news! Remember you WILL fall. Typically at a stop sign/light as you unclip the wrong foot.

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Nice... I'll be sure and document my antics with pictures for y'alls entertainment.
If you've got time to take pics, you're doing it wrong. I've had 'those' pics taken: tongue hanging out, sweating running into my eyes, etc. Non-cyclists just don't understand.

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Old 09-26-2012, 09:09 AM   #25253
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My teammates and "friends" will be taking the pics of the race. I'm just documenting for... posterity yeah, that's it... posterity. No need for evidence pics of my impending face plants.
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Old 09-26-2012, 09:10 AM   #25254
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My teammates and "friends" will be taking the pics of the race. I'm just documenting for... posterity yeah, that's it... posterity. No need for evidence pics of my impending face plants.
Real friends will hand you up a beer.

Get ready for the heckling.

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Old 09-26-2012, 09:30 AM   #25255
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Great news! Remember you WILL fall. Typically at a stop sign/light as you unclip the wrong foot.
NO WAY dude! I rode Santos last week and nearly dumped the bike three times: once because someone fell right in front of me, a second time because my front tire slid on a wet root, and a third time when someone nearly collided with me in a blind turn. In every case, I was able to unclip instantly and put my feet down. Those Crank Brother pedals rock! Getting in and out of them is almost as easy as using flats, and climbing hills with them was like having booster rockets on my feet. I like them so much that I've even put a set on my road bike.
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Old 09-26-2012, 09:50 AM   #25256
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NO WAY dude! I rode Santos last week and nearly dumped the bike three times: once because someone fell right in front of me, a second time because my front tire slid on a wet root, and a third time when someone nearly collided with me in a blind turn. In every case, I was able to unclip instantly and put my feet down. Those Crank Brother pedals rock! Getting in and out of them is almost as easy as using flats, and climbing hills with them was like having booster rockets on my feet. I like them so much that I've even put a set on my road bike.
Listen to me now. Hear me later.

You do get to where its second nature. I've bailed over the top of my handlebars, off the side, off the back, etc over the years. Amaze and astound your friends as you vault your handlebars...

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Old 09-26-2012, 10:15 AM   #25257
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Velocity Wheels.

I've been having a good year racing the OMBC, been winning my class, Novice Clydesdale, getting my pick at the prize table every race. I'm enjoing it now, next year racing Sport I'll be lucky to see the podium. I've carried home a couple of tires and a saddle, but this weekend I managed to snag a 70% discount voucher for Velocity Wheels good for up to $700. Wow.

So looking at their 29er wheelsets...

http://store.velocityusa.com/product...3064.79421.0.0

I'm thinking that the Blunt SL Comp make the most sense for me. I weigh 220 & tend to plow through things... The pro builds use Sapim bladed spokes in a 2x lacing vs the double butted dt's on the comp build, laced 3x. Assuming I upgrade to alloy nipples the pro wheelset is only 170 grams lighter. Should I conisider the wider P35 rims?
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:06 AM   #25258
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I've been having a good year racing the OMBC, been winning my class, Novice Clydesdale, getting my pick at the prize table every race. I'm enjoing it now, next year racing Sport I'll be lucky to see the podium. I've carried home a couple of tires and a saddle, but this weekend I managed to snag a 70% discount voucher for Velocity Wheels good for up to $700. Wow.

So looking at their 29er wheelsets...

http://store.velocityusa.com/product...3064.79421.0.0

I'm thinking that the Blunt SL Comp make the most sense for me. I weigh 220 & tend to plow through things... The pro builds use Sapim bladed spokes in a 2x lacing vs the double butted dt's on the comp build, laced 3x. Assuming I upgrade to alloy nipples the pro wheelset is only 170 grams lighter. Should I conisider the wider P35 rims?
based on the weight and 'plough through things' comment I'd go for the highest spoke count you can get, and 3 cross. screw the weight savings, 170 grams is 1/3rd of a beer.
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:13 AM   #25259
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I've been having a good year racing the OMBC, been winning my class, Novice Clydesdale, getting my pick at the prize table every race. I'm enjoing it now, next year racing Sport I'll be lucky to see the podium. I've carried home a couple of tires and a saddle, but this weekend I managed to snag a 70% discount voucher for Velocity Wheels good for up to $700. Wow.

So looking at their 29er wheelsets...

http://store.velocityusa.com/product...3064.79421.0.0

I'm thinking that the Blunt SL Comp make the most sense for me. I weigh 220 & tend to plow through things... The pro builds use Sapim bladed spokes in a 2x lacing vs the double butted dt's on the comp build, laced 3x. Assuming I upgrade to alloy nipples the pro wheelset is only 170 grams lighter. Should I conisider the wider P35 rims?
As Pierce stated, if you plow through stuff and are racing Clydesdale, I'd stay with 3 cross, brass nipples and DT spokes. FWIW, I run Sapim CX-ray bladed spokes on my road race bike and they took quite a while to get bedded in with an Amer. Classic hub on Stan's Alpha Pro rims. Actually just had the rim replaced under warranty since it started stress cracking on all the drive side spokes after only 6 months of racing, and I'm just 170#.
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Old 09-26-2012, 06:17 PM   #25260
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I've been having a good year racing the OMBC, been winning my class, Novice Clydesdale, getting my pick at the prize table every race. I'm enjoing it now, next year racing Sport I'll be lucky to see the podium. I've carried home a couple of tires and a saddle, but this weekend I managed to snag a 70% discount voucher for Velocity Wheels good for up to $700. Wow.

So looking at their 29er wheelsets...

http://store.velocityusa.com/product...3064.79421.0.0

I'm thinking that the Blunt SL Comp make the most sense for me. I weigh 220 & tend to plow through things... The pro builds use Sapim bladed spokes in a 2x lacing vs the double butted dt's on the comp build, laced 3x. Assuming I upgrade to alloy nipples the pro wheelset is only 170 grams lighter. Should I conisider the wider P35 rims?
I wouldn't go the Blunt SL I broke one in 2000kms of road riding on my CX bike. When my LBS shop rang Velocity they said the max weight should be 85kgs. Currently have the P35 and it's still going strong after 2500kms.
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