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Most of my mates now have CX bikes. A few do a race series in late Autumn, but all use them for Commuting in the winter.

Weve just done the Tour of Flanders, and two of the lads used their bikes for it. The biggest complaint is the bikes are heavier and dont have the same response as a proper road bike.
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The film of the ride looked good - but tiring. Looked a bit like an event I did many years ago in north Norfolk, starting/finishing at Castle Acre.
For many years I took a mountain bike away with me with full 2inch+ nobbly tyres on. A couple of years ago I changed the tyres to 1.5inch semi slicks so that I could do more miles when out on my own (usually wife with me, so speed/distance restricted). At home I always went out on my road bike, but only want one bike (each) to put on the rack so last year I got a hybrid with 28mm tyres on, but can go bigger. I really enjoy the ride on the hybrid - it has got same gearing as the road bike but a more upright riding position. I have put on Time Atac pedals that I can clip into, or ride with trainers on. Definately a best of both worlds. I assume that a cross bike is similar to the hybrid, but slightly longer reach and either drop or straight bars.
Cycling is a big part of our motorhoming as we use the bikes to "tour" around when we park up. Wife will want an electric bike next, but we are resisting this move for as long as possible. She only likes flat terrain though - canal tow paths in France are ideal.

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Cross bikes are more like road bikes but with more clearance to allow slightly thicker tyres, I only have one ring on the front so less gears make climbing tougher but I'm a pretty strong climber so manage ok. Managed to get over Trapping hill in the Dales this morning a lot easier than I expected.

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I thought the cross bikes must have more clearance than on a road bike. I bought a used Specialized OCR bike a couple of years ago which had straight bars fitted. Lovely ride but when I put 700 x 28 tyres on there was virtually no clearance, so that was when I then got a used Specialized Sirrus hybrid. I need to start to get rid of some of my bikes - got a garage full (6 of my own, 1 son's and 1 daughter's + wife's)
What size tyres do you ride on?

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I thought the cross bikes must have more clearance than on a road bike. I bought a used Specialized OCR bike a couple of years ago which had straight bars fitted. Lovely ride but when I put 700 x 28 tyres on there was virtually no clearance, so that was when I then got a used Specialized Sirrus hybrid. I need to start to get rid of some of my bikes - got a garage full (6 of my own, 1 son's and 1 daughter's + wife's)
What size tyres do you ride on?

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I ride 23's on road bike. Cross bike must be 25's or bigger not sure.
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I run 25's on my roadbike all year round.

Theyve done belgian cobbles, Surrey back lanes and the A27 most days.

Bigger tyres = more comfort

The technology in them now means they are all good with puncture protection. Although i run Gatorskins, and they have been faultless.

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I run 25's on my roadbike all year round.

Theyve done belgian cobbles, Surrey back lanes and the A27 most days.

Bigger tyres = more comfort

The technology in them now means they are all good with puncture protection. Although i run Gatorskins, and they have been faultless.
Yep, sorry. It's 25's on my road bike and bigger on cross bike.
Road bike is a Trek Domane 2015, which are built for comfort. Bigger tyres, flex in seat post and gel in bar grips. Old bones need a bit of cushioning Did a 100 miler on Sunday and apart from fatigue no aches and pains.

The new Domanes have even adjustable flex in seat post!

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I have a TT bike (it's a modded Ti road bike I use for triathlon), a road bike and a hardtail Ti mountain bike - recently sold my full sus MTB and my singlespeed (too bloody hilly where I moved to!).

I have been toying with getting a CX bike - or in more modern parlance, a gravel bike (very little difference between the 2), or even more so, me and the missus getting a road tandem.

as they say, N+1 is the rule for bikes!
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