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  • so c’mon – when and what’s it all about ?

    STW for us gravellers ?

    Premier Icon nemesis
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    I’m certainly intrigued. I’m hoping it’s going to be a good mix of the racing side (which I don’t do but find interesting) and more importantly in some ways, the exploring/adventure/fun side of it – eg the do it all side that I do do. I really hope they manage to avoid the pretentious faux-heritage Rapha-type bollocks though as that’s the biggest risk I see.

    Its for the sh*te they were filling ST mag up with.

    Premier Icon nemesis
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    yay for shite!

    Premier Icon Bustaspoke
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    Seeing as road bikes & mountain bikes are far to popular these days I’m hoping it’s going to be ‘niche’ :D..

    yep – i’m loving my new gravel bike – i’m genuinely deliberately looking for alternative commutes / roads / forest paths to navigate to and from work.

    there’s a definite shift in ST from mountain to cx/gravel, but then so have I.

    looking forward to it πŸ™‚

    Premier Icon IdleJon
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    nemesis – Member I really hope they manage to avoid the pretentious faux-heritage Rapha-type bollocks though as that’s the biggest risk I see.

    +1

    Premier Icon Mark
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    I think you are going to like it πŸ™‚

    There’s a lot of work going on here getting the site ready and the digital issues. Jeff (editor) has issue 1 pretty much nailed down content wise and if you are looking for a mix of race and adventure stuff then you are going to like it I think (crosses fingers).

    While we are building the site (which will also be the template for migrating STW to after we launch) Neil (online editor) is using the GritCX Facebook page as his stand in website right now. That page is the best place to watch for updates on the launch and right now for a regular bunch of CX stories. http://facebook.com/gritcx

    He (we) would really like it a lot and it would really help us with the launch if you pop over there and like the page πŸ™‚

    bikebouy
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    Yay I say, ta for the heads up. πŸ˜€

    MrSmith
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    Look forward to reading about all the CX stuff, especially the racing, a lot of people think a CX bike is for commuting with mudguards πŸ™„
    Will it have it’s own forum with ‘big hitters’ and needy people who struggle with basic life skills too?

    Premier Icon Mark
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    It will have it’s own forum. Big hitters and needy types? I’ll leave that for you guys πŸ™‚

    Premier Icon IdleJon
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    MrSmith – Member

    Look forward to reading about all the CX stuff, especially the racing, a lot of people think a CX bike is for commuting with mudguards

    I was in a LBS in Cardiff a few months ago looking at a Cannondale CX bike. I asked what the salesman thought about it and the first thing he said was that it would be fine for commuting. πŸ™„

    Premier Icon Mark
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    The fact is CX bikes are primarily used as a commuting and touring bike. The number of people who use CX bikes to actually race on compared to those that use it for something else entirely is very small. That’s why Grit.cx has a wider remit than just content related to racing.

    MrSmith
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    Will that wider remit extend to a coffee section? I hear that Webby practices his latte art daily πŸ˜‰

    Premier Icon Mark
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    I’m sure he could put together a Latte Art of the Day feature on the website :-). Leave him a suggestion on the Facebook page πŸ™‚

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    (which will also be the template for migrating STW to after we launch)

    There’s going to be change?

    Premier Icon benji
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    ‘m sure he could put together a Latte Art of the Day feature on the website

    Sorry but can we just leave the pretentious coffee bollox out, it’s almost as bad as the rapha bearded suffering cobblers.

    Premier Icon nemesis
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    No beards and axes? I hear that Beardy McAxerson is free at the moment πŸ™‚

    gritty gravel forum section ?

    Premier Icon DavidB
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    The fact is CX bikes are primarily used as a commuting and touring bike. The number of people who use CX bikes to actually race on compared to those that use it for something else entirely is very small.

    Not down our way (Wiltshire/Cotswolds). CX racing scene is huge, CX utility/touring/long rides scene probably only me. Hope you’re covering the racing as well. Loads of new events popping up in Wessex including evening/summer and sportive events.

    LS
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    The fact is CX bikes are primarily used as a commuting and touring bike. The number of people who use CX bikes to actually race on compared to those that use it for something else entirely is very small. That’s why Grit.cx has a wider remit than just content related to racing.

    All the bike sheds here (Nottm Uni) are full, never yet seen a CX bike in there. Plenty of nice road and MTBs though. Local CX races (Notts and Derby league) get 500+ competitors every week.
    I live in the Peaks and the only CX bikes I’ve seen out on the trails have been my and my mates doing race training.

    Premier Icon Mark
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    Luckily our data sources are not just from the Peaks and Cotswolds and based on a bit more research than what’s in a uni bike shed πŸ˜‰

    LS
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    How about data from someone who sorts out race admin for the biggest league in the country? πŸ˜€
    Considering that at the moment the students aren’t here so the cheap tat has gone and a) a lot of staff either race or have bought bikes via Cyclescheme, and b) we have a Sustrans office and in my building, I’d expect to see CX bikes everywhere. They are something that I tend to notice…

    Premier Icon DavidB
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    I’d be interested to se that data, where does it come from?

    Premier Icon IdleJon
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    LS – Member

    The fact is CX bikes are primarily used as a commuting and touring bike. The number of people who use CX bikes to actually race on compared to those that use it for something else entirely is very small. That’s why Grit.cx has a wider remit than just content related to racing.

    All the bike sheds here (Nottm Uni) are full, never yet seen a CX bike in there. Plenty of nice road and MTBs though. Local CX races (Notts and Derby league) get 500+ competitors every week.
    I live in the Peaks and the only CX bikes I’ve seen out on the trails have been my and my mates doing race training.

    I was tempted to post similar but thought maybe it was just me.

    My brother-in-law has just bought himself a cross bike for commuting. Other than him and the local cross-racers (Welsh League), I know nobody with a cross bike. The local MTB forum has 150+ members, as far as I know I’m the only one with a cross bike. Nobody in the work commute takes a cross bike either.

    Does that data come from a company with a cross bike to sell? Or maybe a gravel racer? πŸ™„ πŸ˜†

    Btw I genuinely like the GritCX stuff I’m seeing. Please don’t start producing articles about commuting, that’s all.

    Jamie
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    I’d be interested to se that data, where does it come from?

    Internet.

    Premier Icon DavidB
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    Or the Institute of Physics <runs>

    Premier Icon nemesis
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    πŸ˜†

    FWIW, here in Bristol there are loads of CX bikes being used for commuting and quite a few out on the trails (eg not racing). The racing league seems pretty successful too but I don’t think that the commuting/trail ones cross over much with the racers.

    Over in that London, I see loads of CX bikes used as commuters.

    It clearly varies region to region.

    Premier Icon Mark
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    lolz @DavidB πŸ™‚

    MrSmith
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    Cyclocross (Not commuting), Beards, Axes, Coffee, Rapha tossers, Craft Beer and Tattoos.
    It’s going to be brilliant, so much handwringing and angst on a bike website πŸ™„

    aP
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    I hope there’ll be tattoos and artisan ale.
    It’ll be like 2004 and single speeds all over again πŸ˜‰

    MrSmith
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    Don’t forget the stickers but instead of ‘one xxxxxxxx speed’ some other witty slogan about mud.

    Premier Icon rOcKeTdOg
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    Cyclocross (Not commuting), Beards, Axes, Coffee, Rapha tossers, Craft Beer and Tattoos.

    Apart from Rapha, sounds awesome, where do I sign (don’t say FB, I don’t do it)

    Premier Icon stever
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    Or the Institute of Physics <runs>

    But carefully cross-referenced by work from Prof Henry Brubaker of the Institute of Studies and Mrs Trellis of North Wales.

    Premier Icon IdleJon
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    MrSmith – Member

    Cyclocross (Not commuting), Beards, Axes, Coffee, Rapha tossers, Craft Beer and Tattoos.

    I read a US bike mag a few years ago where bikes weren’t mentioned until almost halfway through the mag. Plenty of reviews of chilli sauce, craft beer and so on. Strangely they also did a review of the Giro d’Italia despite being 6 or 7 months after the event.

    Premier Icon jameso
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    If the racing is like this

    and the adventure is like this

    and there’s a bit of this

    then I’m excited to see it. Drop bar bikes on dirt are great.

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    This is cx too;

    monkeychild
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    Personally I am looking forward to it and hope it’s a breath of fresh air in a stuffy market.

    LS
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    Please send some decent journos out to races and get proper reports written. The BC ones are woeful, they can’t even transcribe a phone interview into anything resembling English.

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