That realization topped with going to the Kisscross even here on Sunday has gotten me sold on the idea of getting a cross bike. The Kisscross event at Highland Park was amazing, although my love for cycling has never transferred over to racing, the laid back yet competitive set up of the event has me extremely intrigued and I'm hoping to get a bike before the cross season is over so I might join in on the fun. I have also began to really focus on Trans Iowa or at least begin the process of preparing [be that just mentally at this point] since there is 7 solid months before the event, a cross bike seems to be the best weapon for that battle.
Carlos, I'm sure will be pleased to hear, that I know that buying a complete bike will be the better way for me to go since if I do a build from scratch I often go a bit 'far', saying that I keep landing on Cannondale's cross bike.
Out of the new stuff, I think I'd land on this:
The Optimo 3
So what to do, what to do? Sizing? Proper Cross sizing is going down one size from what you would normally ride, I am typically a 58 or 60 depending on the bike, does that mean I go 56? That scares me for some reason.