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Old 01-13-11, 03:26 PM   #26
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Here is my cx bike I just put together this week. I went to look at it on Sunday as it was advertized on CL as a road bike and I was hoping it was something that would work for a college student I know that was looking for one, but I struck out on that option. Well, I was there and it was in pretty good shape so I offered $50 and she accepted.

I got it home and had to figure out what to do with it. I decided to got the cx route and this is where it is so far. There is too much snow too ride it yet, but it rides great from the dining room to the living room. =) I added drop bars, a newer wheelset and some cross tires I had laying around. I added a seat from the thrift store for a $1 I am looking forward to trying everyting out to see ow it works and hopefully finding my cable and housing cutters by then to trim and route things correctly. I don't really plan on doing and cx racing, but I think it might be good instead of my road bike for the long unpaved trails outside of town that I want to ride when its warmer. I actually like the paint job partly because it reminds me of an Oreo Blizzard. Now I am hungry again.

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Had to add this to the thread. I've been looking this long!
Finally got what I'll be using and converting to SSCX for next year.
I'll commute on it in the mean time.
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Very nice. And those tires look vaguely familiar...
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Old 01-14-11, 06:35 PM   #28
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Yep, they do!
They work great for sandy single track but I made a bad choice to use them in sticky mud! Knobs held a lot of mud!
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What gearing do you have on it?


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I raced my first local cx series on this:



Fixed gear '79 Motobecane conversion with $7 Kenda cross tires. Did very well in the C's, got upgraded to the B's and even won a couple of B races on it against mostly geared riders.

I've since started racing on an actual geared cx bike.
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I've posted this before, but seems appropriate for this thread...
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What fork is that? Looks good!
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Old 01-17-11, 09:39 AM   #31
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This thread is super cool. It inspired me to share one of my old bikes.
Here is an old conversion I did in winter 1997/8. It was an Offroad Climber hybrid (made with Tange Infinity) that I bought as a new frame, but stripped of parts, for $50 when Proflex was liquidating their remaining inventory. I don’t think the black Proflex fork was correct for this model. I put a mix of Shimano Ultegra 600 and Sun tour cyclone components I had from a Miyata carbon bike that I crashed.
The first build was a flatbar with XT thumbshifters and v brakes, which I rode for a year or so, then switched to a drop bar with barend shifters for 4 years. I think the stem was an ITM with the Colnago logo on it. I bought it new on a close out from a dealer who was getting rid of quill stems. It had a beautiful finish when new.
I took this picture a couple of days before I sold it in 2003. I used it when I was a messenger and later as a commuter to college. It was wrapped in old inner tubes on the top tube and down tube from build until the day I took this picture for posterity. I practically gave it away for $175, but when I reach a total of about 5 in the stable I run out of room. It’s fun to get some fresh blood every 5 years or so anyway.
My current cyclocross bikes are a Surly cross check built as a single speed and a Kelly Knobby x with a mix of Campy. Although now the wheels are turning for a new conversion project!
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What gearing do you have on it?
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Old 01-24-11, 08:34 PM   #33
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MTB hardtail.
Almost. It was a hybrid.


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Old 01-28-11, 03:29 PM   #34
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This is the bike I'm going to start CX'ing with, mostly have just been riding it in bad weather over the winter.

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I raced my first local cx series on this:



Fixed gear '79 Motobecane conversion with $7 Kenda cross tires. Did very well in the C's, got upgraded to the B's and even won a couple of B races on it against mostly geared riders.

I've since started racing on an actual geared cx bike.
wow, this rules.
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Old 01-30-11, 10:07 AM   #36
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Early 70's World Voyageur with no name bar, stem, seat post, brake leves, Suntour friction bar end shifters, older XT rear derailleur, Campy Nuovo Record front derailleur, Suntour Sprint hubs laced to Mavic MA40 rims, Dia Compe center pull brakes, Sugino 44-34 crank (triple with the small ring removed). Rides great, a "little" heavier than my modern cross bike. This frame has been a loaded touring bike, a junior racer, a fixed gear and a cross bike. I love versatility!



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I went through the whole thread of SSCX photos and all the bikes but one were high dollar masterpieces. I'm building an old vintage frame into a SSCX bike and would like to see any other cobbled together bastardized vintage CX bikes.
Long reach centerpulls, or 27" wheels, old lugged steel, old roadies with cross forks, stem shifters, all welcome!
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Old 02-04-11, 11:09 PM   #37
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looks good, love the lugs up front.
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Old 02-05-11, 11:06 AM   #38
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This is my 1982 Peugot. It is currently in commuter mode with fenders so there is no room for knobbies but it can handle up to 35 with almost no clearance. I am running it as a 1X9 right now. You asked for "run what you brung/cobbled togther"...note that my crank arms don't even match, LOL. The only original parts on this bike are the frame, seatpost, headset and BB. Even with all the new parts, it still weighs in at about 28 lbs. That carbolite is heavy stuff. That said, my fastest century yet was on this bike set up as a 42X15 fixed gear.
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Old 02-28-11, 11:23 PM   #39
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Ok, the other frame is getting benched for my latest acquisition for beater status:
Bridgestone T500
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Yes, awesome post. Thanks for posting everyone. I love seeing these pics!
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This is the bike I'm going to start CX'ing with, mostly have just been riding it in bad weather over the winter.

Love the color on this one!
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Old 10-30-11, 11:43 PM   #42
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More centerpulls:



Side shot.



In action.

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That's a great shot from the compound. You racing at Lembi or the rodeo this weekend?
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I'm hoping to make it Saturday, but need to check Lucas' soccer schedule.
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i like this thread.

i did my first cx race on this, three years ago.

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Cynikal: You'll be interested: The dropouts on the Trek are so short that I only have a couple of teeth adjustment space. I went over to Rex Cycles last week to talk to Steve about cutting them out and replacing them with track ends. But that was going to effectively shorten the seat stay, which meant that we'd have to cut out and raise the brake bridge, at which point it would start to run into money. A lot more than the bike is worth. And at this point, I might as well buy a cheap SSCX frame like a Motobecane.

So basically, Steve refused to take my money.
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Steve hates doing that kind of work. What size do you ride? I'll see if any BEER guys are selling anything.

The motobecane is a boat anchor. I had one for a while and I wouldn't recommend one. Wonky geo and 120mm rear spacing. Look at the Origin 8 cross frame and fork. Around $200 and both geared and SS capable.
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Just passed this frame off to a friend who wanted to do cross on a cross bike.
It was a house brand hybrid from a shop in Wisconson that I bought off CL for $100. Wheels custom built from rims I had, $200.
My first fixie build. For what I paid, I could have bought new. Oh well.
It's been my fixie, the wife's roadster, my SSCX bike (for a training series). Now it's a friend's SSCX bike, built frakenbike style with parts from the take-off drawers.
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Steve hates doing that kind of work. What size do you ride? I'll see if any BEER guys are selling anything.

The motobecane is a boat anchor. I had one for a while and I wouldn't recommend one. Wonky geo and 120mm rear spacing. Look at the Origin 8 cross frame and fork. Around $200 and both geared and SS capable.
Holy crap. That Origin 8 is exactly what I was looking for. Nice!

I was also looking at the On-One Pompino, but it also has 120mm rear spacing which means I can't use a spacer and cog freehub wheel. Okay, I think I'm going to take a closer look at the Origin 8.
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My Cx bike - 1990 Bianchi Volpe, previously used as my commuter, bad weather bike, etc. I removed the small chainring, replaced the Suntour Command shifters with a cheap set of brifters and 8spd Shimano wheelset, and started to get muddy...with my fitness level I really doubt the bike gives me any additional disadvantage .
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