Kids these days with their video games and camera phones, backwards hats and baggy pants. They are even riding fat tire road bikes now! Back in my day we sent telegrams and took Daguerreotypes, and all of our road bikes had 21c tires. We certainly didn’t ride them off road, let alone with beer hand-ups, dollar grabs, and cowbells. What is this cyclocross all the kids are doing these days? And why do their brakes never work well?
Let’s face it. Cyclocross is blowing up, nay, has already blown completely and is now expanding like the post big bang universe in which we ride. People everywhere are adopting wide knobby tires and complaining about their brakes. Racing drop-bar bikes on the grass and mud in the mucky mid-Atlantic autumn is a lesson in toughness. Cyclocross is far from an American phenomenon, though. Like almost everything cycling related, its roots lie in Europe.