I'm lookin to try cross this fall and according to the Mrs., space requirements and finances have too many bikes already. And need a fairly inexpensive option to start.
Here is what I'm thinking and could use advise. I have an old Trek 850 Chro/Mo MTB with a rigid fork and canti-brakes, 7 speed rear with LX der. that is collecting dust.
My plan is some 1.3-1.5" tires, change the bar and stem to an old "dirt drop" from the parts bin. Shifters currently are thumbies, I can find some 7 speed SORA STI's inexpensively and run the original rear gearing for now. Any feedback?
What should I run in the front? A single for simplicity? If so what size? Or, a double with SORA STI? Or a Barcon? Or just leave the original triple for now?
Thanks for any suggestions......