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    OK to start with Hybrid??

    Before dropping money on another bike wondering if it is acceptable to try cyclocross on a Trek 7.3 hybrid to see if I like it. Although it has a triple which I know isn't perfect, cheap way to get introduced to the sport. Thoughts??

    CB

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    Sure, why not? I don't think it will explode or anything. It's gonna be heavy and perhaps the geometry weird, but sure.
    fun facts: Psychopaths have trouble understanding abstract concepts.
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    are you going to race? do you just want the experience of riding in light trails?
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    I am doing it.. first CX season for me, wife said no go on buying a CX bike unless I race CX first..

    the result... turned my Kona Dew hybrid commuter into a CX bike for 150 bucks.. had to buy tires, cables/housing and brake pads. everything else is from stuff in my garage.

    before...



    and now...


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    Just want to give it a try to see if I like it. If so, I will probably invest in a bike I can race.

    Thanks
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    Beginner class races are run what you brung. You won't be the only one with flat bars. Have fun.
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    I just took the rack and fenders off my Dawes Kalahari and raced that for a year. I had a blast!@

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    theres plenty of people turning their CX bikes into hybrids more or less, so why not?!?!
    Looking for 58-60cm Fat City Slim chance (frame, complete whatever) any year.

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    ^ looks like you are ready for cross

    get ready for a lot briefcasing

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    desmo13- want to give us a brief rundown on exactly what you changed? I have a hybrid and some spare parts lying around too...
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    I am AMAZED that your SHIFT KEY has not turned into a piece of JELLO after being BODYSLAMMED so HARD!!!!

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    I did my first race on a 7.3FX. Just changed the tires, nothing else. It worked fine but I was slow and not in shape so not competitive at all. I can't contribute those problems to the bike though. It'll be fine to use.

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    I guess it's fine, I also build my 'cross bike based on a MTB frame. had to deal with lower cantilever studs and all, not to mention the longer toptube, shorter seattube and headtube, higher BB height, and more.
    I liked it so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadGrad View Post
    desmo13- want to give us a brief rundown on exactly what you changed? I have a hybrid and some spare parts lying around too...
    Drop bars from my old roadbike left over when I went to wider bars. Wheels off my old roadbike. Shifters/RD left over from when I upgraded my mom's bike to 105. These are Sora, but I have some tiagra-105 coming to me free. Canti-brakes from my 1st MTB, a 1988 Stumpjumper (had to switch the stock v-brakes didnt work well with road levers, too spongy.. though these are not much better) . Stem was laying around garage. Post and seat from my current MTB XC race bike. I stripped down to run 1 ring up front, used middle ring, took big ring to the grinder to make a bash guard. Chain keeper is a modified frame pump holder. Vittoria XM tires are new, so are the pads and cables/housings. Bar tape was laying around. Pedals from my XC bike.

    edit: Oh. the cable guides for rear brake mounted to the seat tube collar, and the one that mounts like a spacer for the headset were given to me.
    Last edited by desmo13; 09-02-09 at 12:09 AM.

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