Friday, 16 January 2009

Trying riding a cross bike

Today I went riding with Carolyn who I had met at some cross races this year. She had two bikes at her disposal after the nationals so one was swapped to my pedals of choice and we headed out round rivington. On the way over my legs were complaining climbing the hills, I don't think I've done much recently but my body is feeling it! It was an exciting ride, we helped three girls with a mechanical. Then we came across a traffic jam.A guy riding with us snapped his chain! But we had nice cake in the cafe.

In total we did 11miles and I loved it, except for the fact the brakes didn't seem to do alot. In fact riding home I was nearly over the handlebars as my road brakes felt so strong - not used to that! But I think I will be having some fun on a cross bike, it really seems a do anything bike!


  1. Lol, I told you the brakes are intresting!

    Just be thankfull you're nowhere near as heavy as me.

    Glad you enjoyed it.
    Where's the photo of the bike?

  2. Yep, it's the braking that puts me off doing anything too extreme on mine! What bike was it you tried out, are you any nearer deciding what you want?

  3. Yes very close, just waiting for a couple of emails.

    I will get there with the brakes, they do work just slowly! We did a loop at rivi and it was fun.

  4. I now have a set of short 6 cantilevers going spare. They work VERY well. I have been forced to take them off my bike (due to serious problems with juddering under braking) and swap to the rather rubbish mini v's.

  5. I might be getting one with v's so might want to swap!

  6. Too late, I've already got the v-brakes.

    If the bike comes with mini V-brakes then it probably wont have the cable hangers needed for canti's so you wont be able to just swap from mini-v's for cantis.

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  8. It took me awhile to get used to the brakes on my cross bike. They are there more to shed some speed rather than actually stop, apparently! Looking forward to seeing what bike you pick!!