Dirty Fun with the CX Bike
Cleaning up after playing in the sand
I've written about bike cleaning before. It's still something that I
fail to do often enough. But since I've put some new tires on my
(crappy) CX bike last week, and then went out to hit the Naxian dirt
roads along the coast (from town to Agiassos), there really was some
In difference to the description in that post, I didn't use WD-40 this
time. Just water with soap. Maybe a bit more scrubbing was needed, but
that was ok. Mostly I had to get all that sand and dust off. It was
everywhere and it had gummed up anything that was oily before. Water and
soap worked quite well for that. I can't claim that the bike is totally
clean right now, but just "good enough for me".
As for the dirt cycling itself: I had a great time. I should write about
the new tires (Continental Cyclocross Speed, 35mm) another time when I
have a bit more experience with them, but so far they rock. They are
perfect for the dry, hard dirt roads that are common here on Naxos.
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c'mon... I don't think "crappy" is fair for the Jake. Not the best cx racing machine, I agree, but good enough for starting on cx + a comfy and nice "do-it-all" bike.
(yeah, I've one and I love it!)
Dunno if it's "fair", but I always feel that I need to say it's a "crappy cx bike", because otherwise people will imagine some real CX bike. It's a good alround bike, for riding on gravel and rough roads. So me saying "crappy CX" does not mean that I don't love this bike!
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