Month: May 2015

Cyclocross

Western Cyclocross League Round 2 – A steep learning curve

This article should probably be titled “A very steep learning curve”… Last night (20th May 2015) was Round 2 of the Western Cyclocross League, and my second ever cyclocross race. Again we ended up in the suburbs, this time southern Bristol, on a wide open space sandwiched between a Gala Bingo and lots of houses …

Bike News, Bikes

Cannondale CAADX vs Kinesis Crosslight

Can two popular cyclocross bikes have completely different personalities? I’d have to say a big fat “Yes” – I’m running a Cannondale CAADX Sora Disc (bought in December 2014) and a Kinesis Crosslight Pro3 (about three years old), both ace bikes in their own right, but very specific in terms of which would be best …

Cyclocross, Tyres

Vittoria Cross XG Pro Folding Tyre – Review

When we bought our Kinesis Crosslight Pro3, we were given a set of used cyclocross tyres to get us on the trails, but it was quickly clear that the bike needed some new tyres. Cyclocross tyres aren’t cheap and there are certainly fewer of the ‘fire sale’ bargains that offer bucket-price road and mountain bike …

Cyclocross Bike

Kinesis Crosslight Pro3 cyclocross bike – First impressions

Sometimes ebay throws you amazing bargains and our Kinesis Crosslight was one. I’d been looking for a decent second-hand cyclocross bike for sometime and this popped up locally for a good price. I suspect that, being Kinesis, it’s a brand that many commuters and, dare I say it, non-racing cyclists wouldn’t be familiar with, so …

Cyclocross

My first cyclocross race – Western Cyclocross League

I’m officially bloodied in the world of cyclocross now – halfway through the race, with my head-down on the back straight trying to catch my breath, I bounced off of a tree … and I caught my other arm on an overhanging bramble… so I now have the scars & bruises to show for my …

Bikes, Cyclocross Bike

Kinesis Crosslight Pro3 cyclocross bike – Joins the fleet

I’ve signed up for the Western League, a summer cyclocross series around Bristol and Gloucester, and I was hoping to entice my son to join me on this foray into the world of CX racing. So, having already got the Cannondale CAADX for me, I had a scout around for a serviceable secondhand cyclocross bike …