Everyone I know who does it says it's a blast, every race I've watched looks like a blast, riding trails on a mountian bike is a blast, so I'm going to do it.
I got a crazy idea to put a new cross fork onto my old '84 Trek CrMo bike along with a new groupset. Working at a bike shop, I can do everything for ~$250-$350.
The only possible problem that I would have is getting canti's on the rear. I've got no problem getting the studs, but I'm not sure how to get them onto the seat stays. Is there something I can buy that will allow me to clamp studs on? I saw something like that that T-Mobile was using at Paris-Roubaix in 2004, but can't find the picure anymore.
Another thing I have to ask; what would be better, cantilevers or Tektro direct pulls with after-market pads? The direct pulls work awesome on my MTB
So far, I've got everything but the group, fork and brakes...
Frame- '84 Trek lugged CrMo criterium frame
Fork- Whatever I can get in 1" threaded and canti studs
Wheels- Fulcrum Racing 5 Evo
Group- Shimano Tiagra or Campagnolo Mirage/Veloce
And everything else will be from the parts bin.
I think I'm going to run with a single chainring, I've got a 39 laying around but I think I'll be spinning too much, what're you running?