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Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like :The Dirty Kanza". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

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Old 10-20-03, 03:08 PM   #1
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Geometry questions for a newbie and conversion...

I know almost nothing about this sport...but find it a really cool alternative to mtn biking for a roadie.

However, I don't want to spend major $$$ for a new cross bike, I'm waiting for (the stupid driver who didn't stop at a stop sign's) insurance to buy me a new road bike first, but plan on converting an old Trek to make do for a while.

I have a lugged frame 1988 Trek 400T (originally a triple, although I might make it a double) which I would like to convert. It has a Shimano Deore rear D. which is marked MT (I'm assuming that stands for mountain).

What type of geometry do I need for a cross bike?
Will this Trek make it, or is it a waste of time and $$$?
Double or triple?

Brakes?
Where can I find a set of inexpensive brake levers that mount on the flat with the pass through cables?
Can I get away without having cantilever brakes?

Thanks,
PJBAZ
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Old 10-23-03, 01:44 PM   #2
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I ride an old Trek 700 and have had no problems. I pulled off the crappy triple and but an old set of RX-100 cranks (52-39) up front. One thing you'll probably have to do is change out the BB and front derailer to make everything fit together right (at least I had to).

During my first cross race a couple of years ago, this 50 year old guy riding a bigger beater than mine told me "don't worry about your bike, it's more important to ride hard." Then, he beat me.

good luck,
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