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Old 10-30-09, 10:16 AM   #1
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First cross events.

I accidentally registered for a couple of cross events.

I have two different bike options.

Old Basso with bar end/drop tube shifting.

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Schwinn Homegrown XT gathering dust - thinking about converting with drop bars and new rims.

What direction should I go and what do I need to do to get rolling on the cheap?


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Old 10-30-09, 10:24 AM   #2
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Does the old Basso have clearance for knobbies? If not, there is no choice.

I'd pick the one that needs the least work to get into racing condition, then go from there.
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Off-topic, but...

how did you "accidentally" register for a couple of events?
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it's a series - and "accidentally" was sarcastic.

Just jumping in with both feet, I guess. Always wanted to try it.

So, I think I am going with the Homegrown conversion.

Basso won't really accommodate the tire. The brakes and gearing on the mtn bike might be better suited.

I forgot about the shock fork. I guess I will have to source a rigid fork.

And the skinniest tire I can find. Any recommendations here?

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So, I think I am going with the Homegrown conversion.
I wouldn't bother converting it. If you get serious, you'll probably want a proper 'cross bike for next season. Better saving the money.

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I forgot about the shock fork. I guess I will have to source a rigid fork.
Is it a 1" or 1.125" head tube? Either way, there are cheap (<$200) steel and aluminum forks available. Google should get you pointed in the right direction. Just make sure the fork length is correct - mtn bikes have been getting progressively longer forks over the years as suspension travel increased (ie, if you're bike was designed around an 80mm fork, don't get a rigid fork designed to replace a 110mm fork).

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And the skinniest tire I can find. Any recommendations here?
Lot's of choices. Shoot for 1.9" or narrower (1.5 would be great, but you'll have more options in 1.75" or 1.9"), with a fairly smooth center tread for less rolling resistance.
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The Schwalbe CX Pro is available in a 26x1.35 size. It lists for under $30. That seems like a good option for starting out with a mountain bike if your rims aren't too wide.
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heck, as already stated around here, i was going with a trek rigid mtbike (took off the shocks) and was slapping on some Origin 8 drop bar ends (hoping, too, they were legal since they are swept back towards the rider like any drop)...but then swtiched to a Schwinn Caliente with Kenda cross tires (that are working quite well after several days of trial and little error)...but am dealing with the weight issue.

going the cheapest route as well...while remembering, this is the beginning and i need to take it easy, observe, push it, have fun. my countdown is down to a week (this time next sunday i'll have a load of info to process)

p.s. i got off topic a bit i think...meant to mention check EvilBay and CL for forks...(as i am doing for aluminum/quick release rims!)...i just boughjt a 2007 or so Giant TCX aluminum fork for $15 (nothing like an auction)...where and when i use it, i don't know. might go on the trek to replace my OTHER rigid fork that i bent a month or more ago...
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