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When I first came across the Cyclocross bike, I thought it was a special design by a company called Cyclocross. “Must be expensive,” I thought to myself, and dismissed the possibility of ever owning one. Happily I came across this article in San Francisco’s local 7x7 blog, and learned that I’m a moron. Ooooohhh, Cyclocross is a kind of bike racing, not a brand. And their are special hybrid bikes built just for the sport.
The idea is that you can have one bike that’ll both get you down a local dirt trail and then back across the city streets to your pad. Here are a couple of good examples:
Cannondale CAADX 5 105—Tires big enough for the dirt but skinny enough for the road. All aluminum for lightness and handling.
Trek Ion CX—Shaped for handling and durability. Oversized endcaps. Easily fits knobbier mountain bike tires.
Specialized CruX Comp—Disc brakes, internal cable routing, and short drop handlebars make this one fit for competition.