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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 06-18-08, 11:09 PM   #1
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Sounds like a fine sport for an old lady!

Newer heard about this sport before, my first visit, I`ll read some more in the next days. I think nobody can even spell the name over here so looking for a bike means importing..

You describe higer BB, "smaller" frames, canti`s, broader bars, I am thinking: My old Nikishi MTB, 28" wheels (is 622-37 ok?) approx "hybrid range" gears, canti`s, seat. All this I`we got lying around.

Need to buy bars, brake/gearshifters I think. Got older brake levers lying around. Are they good enough? Problem then is gearshifters. Can not see myself getting used ti stem or downtube sifters, especially if I try this type of riding. Then if I buy new brakes/shifters for this bike I`ll get spoiled and keep wanting more, and more, and more.. for my other bikes

Also: Is the "male type frames" an absolute "must" or can I use a mixte frame to build from if the rest is ok. Just wondering, I looowe the mixte

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Old 06-19-08, 06:24 AM   #2
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What do you want to do with this bike?
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Scavenge, ebay, Sora.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Shimano-Sora-8x3...QQcmdZViewItem

I'm going to take the old mountain bike up to the family cabin, swap it for my old Bianchi Hybrid (622-38) and, depending on the effective top tube measurements, consider throwing a set on there and converting it to a dedicated mud tire/studded tire cross bike for the winter. If it's a flat bar and you set up your bikes anything like I do, you may need to shorten the stem a bit to compensate for the added reach of a drop bar.
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Old 06-19-08, 12:46 PM   #4
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What do you want to do with this bike?
Ride down the stairs outside the city hall again..

Well, to be more sober about it- apart from once in a while test some bounderys I`ll be looking for a dirt road touring bike that could manage some extra "fun in the bush" when I am up for it. Not quite satisfied with the MTB`s most peopel use (including me) for this type of riding, especially the flatbars, wery knobby tyres and suspensionfork and extreme low bars.

Not at all used to dropbars. Almost remowed some to replace with northroads on one favourite bike last fall. Things is changing. This year I like it.. so happy I did not replace them

A lot of forrest, mountain and gravelroads in the area.

Around here you find the "MTB" dudes and the "roadies" -and then the "Dutch bike peopel". This type of bike on a dirt road in this area would make peopel think I`d gone mad driving a roadbike in the bush (dropbars = roadbike).

Sometimes pull a trailer (guess I am svearing in the church here).

Suggestions?

Good online source for brakes/ gearshifters? UK is closest
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Thank you for suggestions. Need to find somebody who would post to europe. I am in one of the corners of the world.

Also I know I said cantis. Would not fit on MTB with 622 wheels. I did mean to say "roadbrakes". Need to study more on my English..

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Around here you find the "MTB" dudes and the "roadies" -and then the "Dutch bike peopel". This type of bike on a dirt road in this area would make peopel think I`d gone mad driving a roadbike in the bush (dropbars = roadbike).
I get the same looks here in the Rocky Mountains.

Nishiki MTB without posts for canti brakes? Doesn't sound right. If you want "brifters" you can typically use road calipers or cantis but cantis will give you clearance for the bigger tires where most road calipers won't. Can you be more specific?

622-37 is usually a tire/wheel size for hybrid or touring bikes. Fine. Hybrids make decent cross conversions although they're heavier and their handling is a bit sluggish for racing. I could picture some older bikes having a caliper designed for bigger tires too.

What sort of hub and how many speeds does the bike have? Shimano? What is the rear hub spacing?
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Lying around the house at the moment is two MTB`s. The Nishiki and also a light 80`s Scott that used to be a favourite, just could not throw it away. Both has got canti mounts of course, but If I put 622 wheels they end up not catching the rim (both frames made for the normal 26" wheels).

Also I`we got a mixte made for 622 wheels. Canti`s would end up at the right place for rims, but that would not bring the BB up much. This is a good 80`s frame, muc like a hybrid but a bit on the heavy side. I guess standard hub spacings. Some minor rust on this one. would build first and see if I use it, then repaint if i think I`ll use it. Also upgrade parts, brakes if same.

guess 3x7 gears is what is lying around. would not go for 8 or 9 for this. Need to start with 3 on the cranks. the 2`s lying a round is typical road ones, 52 42 and so on.

Got plenty of both types of wheels lying around, better Mtb wheels sinche I`we got more of those. I`ll just rebuild wheels for a start I guess, MTB hubs for strength, 622 rims.

Plenty of places to find bikes around here, let a cro.mo frame go some months ago that I am still thinking about it.
2 many bikes..

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You could use bar end shifters with your drop bars. These would be a bit cheaper and easier to install than "brifters." You could sent up a bike using this and then if you decide you like the drop bars perhaps next year move up to the "brifters."
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Tryes buying drop bars today, no way. Only road type awailable. I`ll order some after the holydays. Using two different mixtes with dropbars these days, bringing one on holyday. Had a "close to cyclo" experience yesterday. Riding a bike that is not properly set up, forgot all about it. One brake not working properly, all brakeshoes old and hard, bar just a little loose, understimulated dog in harness tied to bike pulling like hell, somebody put sand on the gravel since my last ride. Got the adrenalin flowing
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