Cyclocross Bikes

Cyclocross bikes are available in a range of different frame sizes. This style of bike is equipped with lots of different features of both road and mountain bikes in order to accommodate cyclocross race terrains. Caring properly for your cyclocross bike should keep it working well.

What is a cyclocross race?

Cyclocross is a form of bicycle racing that typically takes place in either fall or winter on short tracks about one and a half to 2 miles long. Pavement, woods, hills, obstacles, and tricky terrain decorate the course to test riders’ levels of aerobic capacity and handling skills. Some short stretches are unable to be ridden on and require riders to carry cycles to the next section of the course in order to re-mount and resume riding.

What special features do cyclocross bicycles have?

The sport incorporates features of both mountain and road biking. Cyclocrosses typically look similar to road bikes in that their frames are lightweight, and their handlebars are curved under. Tires are narrow, but they often have greater clearance than road bikes, rugged treads, and stronger frames. Lower gearing and cantilever or disc brakes help navigate rough courses. Cyclocrosses are built to accommodate a more upright riding position for leverage on steep gradients.

How do you care for a cyclocrosses?

Clean your cyclocross bike after every single ride to ensure that it stays functional for a long period of time. Remove front and rear wheels first. Use warm, soapy water to clean your bike. Spray it down with biodegradable degreaser; let the degreaser soak in while you scrub away dirt and grime with a sponge or scrubber. If grime is frozen onto your cyclocross bike, take it to the car wash and use the soapy power washer to free it from dirt and mud. Once it’s clean, wipe your bike down with a soft, dry towel. Use your favorite shine agent to polish the frame.

Clean your bike’s chain by wiping it down with a rag once it is wet. Apply a thin coat of lube to the chain for protection. Proceed to check the shifting, brakes, and cables. Clean the wheels, tires, and rims last.

What materials are cyclocross bikes made from?

Cyclocross bicycles are made out of all different lightweight, durable materials like carbon fiber and different types of metals and synthetic blends. Wheels are made of durable rubber with deep, thick treads. Handlebars are typically wrapped in leather or synthetic material. Spokes and hardware are metallic.

How do you know which size bicycle frame to select?

To measure your inseam, stand straight against a wall wearing your cycling shoes and have someone measure the distance from your heel to your crotch. The distance between the seat and the floor should be 1 inch shorter than your inseam. Be advised that cyclocross frame measurements differ from road and mountain frames.