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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 10-31-11, 07:19 PM   #51
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Holy crap. That Origin 8 is exactly what I was looking for. Nice!
Here's how my Origin 8 700CX built up. It's heavy but, rides fine. Note, it does fit a mtb crankset best.
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Old 11-01-11, 08:26 AM   #52
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The heavier the better. I don't want him passing me.
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Old 11-01-11, 09:27 AM   #53
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Here's how my Origin 8 700CX built up. It's heavy but, rides fine. Note, it does fit a mtb crankset best.
I have the Origin 8 as well. I have it set up as a SS with BB5 discs. Fat 2.1 up front with a 35cc in the back right now. It is doing dual duty as a commuter with a rack. I am going to enter it in the SS race this weekend. We shall see how badly I get destroyed. The bike rides nicely and the geometry is fine. With the 2.1 I get a bit of toe overlap but if I put a 35 on the front I would get no overlap. I really like the frame for its versatility and the fact that my lbs sold it to me for $160. It is more fun to ride than my Redline even though it's heavier. Guess the fact that it's kind of a junker is what makes it fun. I think I have a total of about $400 in the bike (some came from parts bin).

A bunch of the Cat 1/2s are going to use the SS race as a cool down. I will also be racing my RL in the CAT4, and likely get destroyed in that as well. At least I will be having fun (suffering).

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Old 11-01-11, 09:36 AM   #54
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When I first got into riding cross I rode this old early 80's Nashbar touring bike. I now ride a Lemond which is sort of a modern vintage bike.



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This thread is great keep posting your junkers. Love em!
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Here's my Fisher (before they changed to Gary Fisher) Hybrid circa 1990, high/lowlights include Biopace outer ring, Scott self energizing rear cants & Specialized TriCross tires.





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^^ Love the Fisher. A friend of mine has an early 90's Bontrager cross bike. Gotta love the vintage classics especially the notable MTB marquis.
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Old 11-21-11, 12:06 AM   #58
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I raced the Eastern Ontario series on this guy last year:



Rode a Cross-Check this year, it was faster and more comfy. No surprise there.
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Old 11-21-11, 11:15 PM   #59
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Finally a thread I can make a true contribution to!

Here is my old Bianchi Advantage. Found it in a dumpster at the LBS and rebuilt it as a SS commuter. Kept it that way for a while. then I wanted a cross bike. This fit the bill. I was given an old set of 9spd ultegra shifters, found some awesome XTR cantis and ran it 1x9. The only downside is that I had grown since I first found the bike. It ended up being about a size and a half too small. I sold the frameset to a friend a few weeks ago. He's converted it to a SS and has been crushing the local training race.
enough talk, here are the pictures I have.




Once I realized it didn't fit anymore, I hung that frame up and looked at what else I had I could CX on. Then entered my trusty monocog. swapped the XTR cantis on the frame, same bars, aero brake levers and some cx tires gave me this....



Never had any luck feeling right in the drops so the 'Cog is back to a flat bar mtn bike.
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Old 11-22-11, 12:44 PM   #60
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I was up until midnight building this on several nights during the week before my first race on Saturday. I had a fun couple of laps, but the glycogen was gone and the food was ready to come up...

I can't believe there is a 42x16 on this thread. I was running 42x18 and it was a bit much, at least for this noob. I didn't have time to re-cut the brake lines after setting it up to just check whether the brakes would work. They kind of did.
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Got another one in the works now, wanted to spring for a Surly Cross check (to replace one I sold - stupid!) but figured I'd give this a chance to prove itself as the underdog. I'm not serious or competitive and will basically be commuting, short pannier tours in the future and random training style rides.

Stripped it down today and 700c wheels fit on it with the old cantis doing the job.
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Love this thread.
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Here is mine. It's a late 80's Peugeot Canyon Express MTB. I tried dirt drops on it, but they were too wide. So, I put some track drops and bar-end shifters. The handling took a little getting used to, but it rides pretty well.
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Here is mine. It's a late 80's Peugeot Canyon Express MTB. I tried dirt drops on it, but they were too wide. So, I put some track drops and bar-end shifters. The handling took a little getting used to, but it rides pretty well.
I'm planning on entering my first CX race this winter on what I believe to be a late 80's hard Rock with Gary bars. I haven't decided yet to go single speed or use bar end shifters. I'm not a fan of bar ends so I'm currently leaning ss.
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I'm planning on entering my first CX race this winter on what I believe to be a late 80's hard Rock with Gary bars. I haven't decided yet to go single speed or use bar end shifters. I'm not a fan of bar ends so I'm currently leaning ss.
I did hit the bar-end shifters with my knees a few times, but it was also my first time really riding the bike in this configuration.
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Lately I've had the itch to build another bike out of all my spare parts. Well, after seeing my first CX race (and looking through this thread), I have to scratch the itch. I want to build a light duty gravel grinder/CX bike. Realistically, it probably won't be raced. I found this Univega Activa Trail as a complete bike for $50 on my local Craigslist. My Dad has been wanting to switch to V-brakes on his Specialized hybrid so we split the cost on the Univega, he got the brakes, and I ended up with the rest. After stripping it down, I rebuilt the headset, and started working on truing the wheels. My plan is to use the single 34t chainring up front and run an 11/28 7 speed cassette in the rear. I will be adding a quill/threadless stem adapter and running drop bars with Shimano 3x8 STI's.

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Sitting on the wheels and 700x35c tires.

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So after a few weeks tinkering in the garage, here is what I've come up with. All said and done, it's a 1x7 set up with a gear inch range of 33-84, 700x35c tires, and STI levers. Total cost was available unused parts ($109.56) , the Univega sans brakes ($25.00), and I had to purchase a brake cable, cable stop, and front brake hanger ($29.53) = $164.09 Gravel Grinder.


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