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Old 09-05-10, 07:56 PM   #1
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Check out my latest acquisition!

its a 90's(?) schwinn Crosscut, picked it up for $13 at a garage sale. it was covered in weeds and dirt (sorry no before pics . It was missing the front rim, but i had an extra one that i got for free and thats on there now. It has duble butted cro mo tubes and fork, shimano exage 400 lx components. So i would like opinions on what to do with it: put drop bars on it and a fatter front tire for cyclecross(im leaning twords this option), drop bars with skinnier back tire for road bike, or leave as is. FG/SS is kind of out because its got braze ons for the brakes and it would look silly.
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Old 09-05-10, 08:02 PM   #2
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Old 09-05-10, 08:05 PM   #3
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very nice. nothing like a great deal on a upperend hybrid great anything bikes

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Sell it to me - I'll double, no.... I'll TRIPLE, your money.
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Nice! I built up a similar hybrid (Univega Activa Trail) with drops and 28c tires (as thin as the rims would allow) for a while. Made a nice commuter/club rider, but I could never get the cantilevers to do much more than slow me down. I swapped them out for bullmoose bars, thumbies, and V brakes, and went back to 38c tires. Might up that to 40 or 42, if I can find them for the right price. With fenders, it'll make an awesome winter bike, as that's how I originally had it (north roads, 38c, fenders).
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looks like fun.
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It must be raining hybrids. I picked up a bone stock Cannondale H400 yesterday for my wife. Here's the after pic:
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Old 09-05-10, 09:46 PM   #8
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why can't I find something like that!!
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it needs a new rear tire(side wall is bulging) so im thinking another 28c (like the front) unless anyone has an opinion
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Nice find, early hybrids are pretty versatile bikes. Be sure that the reach to drop bars won't be uncomfortable before you proceed, hybrids tend to have long top tubes. If that turns out to be the case, Dylansbob's approach with the Northroads bars is a good alternative. I had mustache bars on mine:

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nice set up chris, what size tire are you running diameter wise?
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its a 90's(?) schwinn Crosscut, picked it up for $13 at a garage sale. it was covered in weeds and dirt (sorry no before pics . It was missing the front rim, but i had an extra one that i got for free and thats on there now. It has duble butted cro mo tubes and fork, shimano exage 400 lx components. So i would like opinions on what to do with it: put drop bars on it and a fatter front tire for cyclecross(im leaning twords this option), drop bars with skinnier back tire for road bike, or leave as is. FG/SS is kind of out because its got braze ons for the brakes and it would look silly.
I say keep it as original as possible. It's only going to be this minty once..
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that is a good point Sirrus, and i kinda needed a nice roun touwn cruising bike too
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nice set up chris, what size tire are you running diameter wise?
Thanks, those tires were Kenda Kwest 700c x 35, a bit narrower than the tires it came with, but still pretty chunky. They were a bit heavy, but solid and pretty tough - that photo was taken midway through a 35+ mile ride atop a levee through the Everglades, most of the surface was a bit more rugged than this - quarried limestone and coral.
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Slap the drops and maybe a new stem on there if need be. Make it an awesome 'cross machine.
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DR, that is probably my plan, but im going to ride her as is for a while zi think. The stem is pretty long as is the top tube, so a new stem with a short reach may be in order
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I fitted mine with an old Atax stem that was fairly short, but it was still never quite comfortable with drops or the mustache bars. I sold it before I had a chance to try Northroads bars. It looks like your frame is closer to a "traditional" road bike geometry, it might not need much tweaking.
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yea chris thats what im hoping, but if i can get my grubby hands on the TT bike im looking at now i may sell it ..
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