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Old 02-04-13, 03:09 PM   #1
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2002 Specialized Crossroads

I've been given my grandfather's 2002 Specialized Crossover to bring back to use. I'm thinking of turning it into a more all-around/utility/errand runner, but I'm super unfamiliar with hybrids. Does anyone have personal experience on this bike? Any ideas/opinions on what should be done?

**I'm not willing to part with the frame for a better-suited bike, biking was one thing my grandfather and I had in common, so sentiment has the best of me.
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I don't think you will get a lot of advice about getting a more suitable bike - hybrids are super-useful for all round utility/errand bikes. Do you have any photos? I didn't see a 2002 Crossover listed on the Specialized site. For errands/grocery runs, all you really need is a rack and bag (or rack and milk crate ) - so it all depends on how much you want to spend.
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I don't think you will get a lot of advice about getting a more suitable bike - hybrids are super-useful for all round utility/errand bikes. Do you have any photos? I didn't see a 2002 Crossover listed on the Specialized site. For errands/grocery runs, all you really need is a rack and bag (or rack and milk crate ) - so it all depends on how much you want to spend.

Specialized archives officially only go back to 2003, but using various online sources I was able to ID it as a 2002. I don't have any pictures of my actual bike, but I can post a generic image. I'm putting a better drivetrain on it, plus racks and fenders, but I picked up a nice set of brifters so I was considering swapping out the stock grip shift for those...


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Put a set of Schwalbe Marathon Supremes on that beast, and you will be amazed at the transformation. Use a 35 on the front for quicker and more precise steering, and a 40 on the rear for load and comfortable ride. Pump em both up to 92PSI, and roll like the wind.....
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Put a set of Schwalbe Marathon Supremes on that beast, and you will be amazed at the transformation. Use a 35 on the front for quicker and more precise steering, and a 40 on the rear for load and comfortable ride. Pump em both up to 92PSI, and roll like the wind.....
That's what I was thinking...I think the tires that are on there now are a bit too wide for my liking, I have 33s on both front and rear on my current bike. I'm thinking about converting to disc brakes too...but that means an entirely new fork and I'm not sure I have the energy for that.
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Don't change too much....... Keep it "Grampa's Bike".... Some day, you can hand it down, with a lot more meaning................

Seriously, though, those Marathon Supremes made a huge difference, once I got the pressure right. Comfort, ride, performance, and ease of riding. My bike came with 45s, and I decided to go to 40s when I needed tires. Then, I got a set of 35s at a really good price, so I started experimenting. The 35 on the front really does improve handling, without sacrificing ride, and the 40 on the rear really does improve ride, without sacrificing handling. My tires are rated to 85PSI, but the 92 works perfectly. Suspiciously, the same tires are now rated to 95PSI, but higher pressure than the 92 changes nothing. The performance of Schwalbes is amazing.

I buy tires whenever I see a really good price. Right now, I've got two 40s, and one 35 in the basement, sealed in vacuum wrap, for replacements. I usually get them from Niagara.

Add a set of Koolstop pads, and you are good to go, or stop!

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Don't change too much....... Keep it "Grampa's Bike".... Some day, you can hand it down, with a lot more meaning................

Seriously, though, those Marathon Supremes made a huge difference, once I got the pressure right. Comfort, ride, performance, and ease of riding. My bike came with 45s, and I decided to go to 40s when I needed tires. Then, I got a set of 35s at a really good price, so I started experimenting. The 35 on the front really does improve handling, without sacrificing ride, and the 40 on the rear really does improve ride, without sacrificing handling. My tires are rated to 85PSI, but the 92 works perfectly. Suspiciously, the same tires are now rated to 95PSI, but higher pressure than the 92 changes nothing. The performance of Schwalbes is amazing.

I buy tires whenever I see a really good price. Right now, I've got two 40s, and one 35 in the basement, sealed in vacuum wrap, for replacements. I usually get them from Niagara.

Add a set of Koolstop pads, and you are good to go, or stop!
I haven't quite decided the extent of the changes yet, I just acquired a 92-93 Marin Bear Valley, so I might keep this guy a bit more road and speed oriented...then again, I might just outfit the Marin for some singletrack...
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This makes me feel really old, with my 1992 Crossroads that I bought new, back when I was younger and had this thing called money.

From what I've googled, the 2002 version sure is curvy, compared to the straight tubes of mine. This was really surprising to me, since the frame is cro-moly steel, just like mine.

Providing that the bike is the right size fit for you, it should make the perfect bike for non-competitive riding-just-for-fun, commuting, or light touring. The right tires will make all the difference in the ride this bike gives, as mentioned above. Also, you may want to check out ergon grips/bar ends, regular bar ends, or a replacement handlbars for your bike. I'm head over heels in love with the butterfly/trekking bars I put on mine.
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