I’m our resident BMXer turned cyclo-cross racer, and today I’m going to share some of my favorite items from the shop with you.
First off is the All-City Macho Man frameset.
I picked up one of these last year and built it up with a SRAM Force 1x10 drive train. It has since proven to have the best dollar to fun ratio of any bike I’ve owned. I had a blast racing cross on it last winter, and it’s held up on longer rides as well. Available as a frame/fork for $595 or as a well spec’ed Shimano 105 complete for $1595, this is the perfect “gateway bike” for getting into cross.
Next up are the Challenge 30c Eroica tires.
These tires went on my Macho Man for the first Grasshopper Adventure race, and they haven’t come off since. They have a super plush 260 tpi casing, which combined with a 30c width makes them perfect for slightly rocky fire roads and mixed terrain rides. These fancy boys run about $70 each.
Last but certainty not least is the Serfas CP-USBS light set.
Not as fun as a new cross frame or sexy like supple European tires, a good set of lights is still essential to get you home safe after a long day. The CP-USBS lights are easy to attach and remove, bright enough to be seen, and have a good battery life. The USB recharge-ability frees you from the onerous chore of buying batteries, forever! A steal at $40.
Thanks for reading!