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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 06-25-09, 01:50 PM   #1
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Inspire the poor cyclocrosser

Want to get in to cyclocross but can't really afford a new bicycle. Build one. Here is an example if you are new to cyclocross and would like to try it out for cheap.

Speacialized crossroads frame $30
Ritchey Headset- came with frame
Aluminium bars craigslist $5
Forte seatpost craigslist $2.50
Bontaracer saddle $5 garage sale
RSX derailluer on $5 parts bike from St. Vincent de paul
Exage Crankset also on $5 parts bike from St. Vincent de paul
700c wheetset also on $5 parts bike from St. Vincent de paul
Diacomp levers- Had
Stem- Had
Bartape- $12
Cantilevers- Had
Tires- Free
Powdercoat- Free

Total $54.50
Will I win? No. Will I have fun? Yes.
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Old 06-25-09, 02:02 PM   #2
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Nice work. When I painted a bike it cost me $50 to sandblast and I think $70 for the powdercoat. How is the rear tire clearance? I had an old Crossroads (04 or 05, the cromoly ones) and rear tire clearance was tight with anything that had knobs. It weighed a ton too, but looks like you have some lighter things on there.
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Old 06-25-09, 02:18 PM   #3
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The weight is actually not that bad I think this frame is a 97. Tire clearance is not going to be an issue. Luckily I have family members that powdercoat. So all I had to do was strip the frame.
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nice, i can't help but notice that the bartape was the second most expensive item.
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Old 06-25-09, 02:51 PM   #5
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You may win. Many people ride thousands of dollar bikes on cross races that finish near the bottom. Work on the engine and technique and you'll stand a much, much better chance than they do.
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Old 06-25-09, 04:37 PM   #6
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Looks good.

What I'm currently building is a cheap town bike I may try a cross race or two with.

A bit more expensive than that atm but I couldn't be bothered to wait around for a dirt cheap frame. Is going to end up even more expensive because I'm planning on using a nexus hub, but is still cheap compared to anything but the absolute crappiest walmart bike.
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looks like i need to visit st. vincent de pauls.

i built my cross bike from mostly spare parts, and other projects i had gotten . i did splurge on the chainring, and wheelset, but in all reality it was already bought for my fixed gear. i just made it a cross bike by trading for a set of knobbies from my friend for some extra slicks i had, and buying brakes from the local co-op (mafac racers), and a new freewheel. i am having quite a bit of fun on it. its an old schwinn world, it weighs a ton, but i don't have to worry about it breaking anytime soon.
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