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<p>Found a cyclocross series in GA that looks kind of cool, opportunities for Cat 4 women (about 8-10 women per race last year)...has me thinking of stepping outside the box and playing with bikes on grass since the roads down here kind of unnerve me.</p>
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<p>Anyway...probably nothing for this fall as the $$ is still tight, but I'm thinking ahead to 2011. </p>
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<p>Thoughts on frames?  Wheels?  Not looking to spend a bunch, trying to see how cheap I can go just to try it out. </p>
 

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<p>Now you are a mother = more brave!  Love the energy bubbling up inside you, girlfriend.  I am not planning to buy any cross bike, but planning to try a cross race with my (son's) MTB.  Carrying it over obstacles and such scares me, but hey girls just wanna have fun.<br>
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<p>Good luck with preparing for it!</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>SpartyGirl</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69331/cyclocross-low-end-beginner-bike-suggestions#post_1930815"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>has me thinking of stepping outside the box and playing with bikes on grass</p>
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<p>you can race a regular mtb with bar ends removed, for a cross bike you can get a decent complete bike with wheels in the 6-8 hundred range from companies like redline, felt, kona, fuji, lemond.  I especially like the cannondale on the used side, they are light and seem to sell for a good price.  105 level components are a good bet, avoid a triple but consider a compact.  Michelin mud tires are good, many cross bikes come with poor tires and wheels and lousy avid shorty brakes, but it will be a good bike to get going then swap parts one at a time.</p>
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<p>Avoid getting a heavy bike like a surly, you have to lug it on your shoulder.  Thin wall alu like the cannondale is the best value.</p>
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<p>Some used race bikes (like mine) get sold used and are beat to crap.  Many are just used for light use and are a good value.  Mine have been pressure washed, crashed, ridden in mud and snow and generally abused, so beware of the used market unless you know the history.</p>
 

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<p>What size frame? I've been thinking of selling mine (56) Giant OCX0 it's been a real trooper.  Now that I see how much better a 52 would fit me, I've been seriously considering selling this one and replacing it next year. Post IM I was thinking of focusing on either a sub5 century or (more likely) screwing around with an entire cross series (more likely, there is much more beer involved)</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>SpartyGirl</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69331/cyclocross-low-end-beginner-bike-suggestions#post_1931364"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Ron-I ride a 56...</p>
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Hey I know a guy who has a bike for sale... PM if me if/when the time is right and if you are interested. No worries if not. Only ridden by a little old viking guy who likes to get muddy on Sundays.<br><br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>jroden</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69331/cyclocross-low-end-beginner-bike-suggestions#post_1931372"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Ron--get the same length top tube as your ROAD (not tt/tri) bike, run a little shorter stem with an extra spacer, fits like a dream.</p>
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Dont have a road bike - the Cross bike is my "road" bike with different tires. Any easy conversion from tri bike or should I just go have the bike guys figure it out? Last time I said "same as this bike" pointing to the Tri bike -so that was probably a mistake.<br>
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<p>alicia...which rodes have you ridden? If you're willing to drive, I can take you to cows and plants.</p>
 
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