Hello all in cyclocross world. In addition to my fixed gear, I've got a 14-speed road bike...which is quite ridiculous considering I only use about 5 of them...and would like to look into possibly converting it to one ring up front and keep the 7 in back (I posted about this in the road forum but they weren't very friendly). A few folks suggested cyclocross stuff so here I am, giving it a shot.
Through some light recent research, I've discovered that a lot of you guys are running one ring up front. Is it as simple as running a single-ring crankset ( I have an extra one that accepts the ring either in front or behind the spider) up front with a ring guard and a chain guide on the inside? Can I keep the 7-cog cassette I already have? What about shifters? If I'm shedding my front derailleur, I'd love to also be rid of my clunky stem-mount shifters (which barely work). I'm not looking to ride this bike cyclocross...just on the road...so I don't feel I need a super heavy-duty mud-proof shifter. Any suggestions?
Responses are appreciated in advance!