Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Logan, UT
Bikes: one bike for every day of the week
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I have done cross on one. Saw it at an estate sale. Wasn't about to watch it go for just $20 and ended up paying $30. Replaced the brakes, trued the wheels, upgraded the POS crank and FD out of my junk box, and took it out in the dirt. Put fenders on it and used it as my commuter one winter before selling it to a buddy all fixed up for $150.
He left it unlocked outside the bar and it was immediately stolen. What a shame.
The thing that got me wasn't the weight, it was the handling. I already owned a dedicated cross bike and the Crossroads handled more like a touring bike but wasn't set up to carry heavy loads. Yep. You got it. I replaced it with a touring bike about 6 months after I sold it.