If you are thinking about taking up Cyclo-Cross we have good news. Most of your kit is pretty transferable. Aside from the bike you don’t really need any specific kit to go cyclo cross riding.
One of the major differences in kit between road riding and cyclo cross is your choice of cyclo cross shoes and pedals. If you are brand new to cyclo cross then it is probably worth opting for flat pedals and a pair of old trainers (although beware this may be slippy) as you familiarise yourself with the new style of riding – be prepared for a lot of mud, tricky technical sections and an abundance of dismounts.
As you become more confident and competitive you will probably want to clip in. It is best to leave your road pedals where they are and opt for a mountain bike pedal. They are double sided making them easier to clip in and they have a higher tolerance for mud which is crucial.
Shoe wise, it is also advised that you opt for a treaded sole that offers a certain level of grip – believe us, you’ll need all the help you can get in that department. A mountain bike shoe will be more than adequate.
Also worth a read:
8 of the best mtb shoes for women