I'm a newbie to Cyclocross. Watchted the National Championships here in Kansas City last year. What a blast. I'm a 45 year old lapsed Cat5 roadie, I do mostly group rides now and I commute about 1x per week. I average about 200miles/month in riding.
Last year I converted a 1976 Schwinn Varsity to a Fixed Gear/Single Speed.
It went from 43# to 29#. Put 700c wheels on it, kept both front/back brake. Chopped/flopped the handlebars so like bullhorns now. I ride more miles on my Specialized Tarmac pro, but I ride my fixed gear more often, and really like the simplicity of the fixed/single speed.
If I want to try a race Single Speed division for Cyclocross this fall/winter, would the Varsity on the Single Speed side be functional?
I'd put CX tires on it
Current setup for the single speed is 39/16 (or 17?) Fixed is 39/15.
I know it's heavy, but would it really make that much difference for a short novice race?