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@jmccachren @NotQuiteBelgian I'm sure I'll give non-carbon tubies a shot at some point, I just need to place a little higher in the field before I can justify it. I will be racing file tread tires for early-season (non-muddy) races which should help a bit.
1 year, 2 months ago on Cyclocross for Newbs: Lessons Learned Looking Back on My First Season
@talcx That's how I felt after switching to tubulars for the road, but I can't bring myself to bash up carbon wheels during 'cross season. I know there are a few less-costly options for tubular rims out there, I guess I'll see how things look come tax-return time.
1 year, 7 months ago on Cyclocross for Newbs: Lessons Learned Looking Back on My First Season
You got it right about deep grass - the Sucker Brook race is early in the season so it's on a mix of dry grass, deep grass, and torn up dry dirt - I rode my regular tires in that race and you feel the burn really fast churning through the deep stuff. I may try a file tread early on for the 2013 season and see how it performs in the drier races.
Thanks again...I didn't get to mess around with tires this past year other than dropping my pressure substantially for the muddy races. Oddly enough, I was impressed by the durability of clinchers during racing. I thought for sure I'd pinch flatted a few times on some of the rougher bumps but I made it through the season without any flats. On the other hand, maybe I'm not racing hard enough?
Thanks! I had such a good time racing in 2012, and even though I don't get nearly enough road miles in I gave it a go and never regretted it for a second. My first race I just kept worrying about coming in last, which didn't happen (I came in 2nd to last) so I had a good laugh about it and kept doing more races. We just posted an article on getting by with just one bike for both road and CX season if it interests you:http://notquitebelgian.com/new-to-cycling-cyclocross-bike-vs-road-bike-part-1/