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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 11-08-10, 11:00 PM   #1
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Noobie cyclocross question

Just bought my first road bike and love hitting the road.

Then I saw a cyclocross video...man, I want to do that! But I don't want to trash my road bike and I don't have the $$$ to get a cyclocross specific bike. Would it be worth it to get an old steel frame beater? Just wondering what would be the cheapest way to get into the sport. Thanks.
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You might be able to find a steel bike, but look for clearance for wider tires and check what kinds of brakes you can fit.
Do you have a MTB?
They are allowed and a hardtail is a good way to see if you like it. Buying a few year old hardtail would be more ready than refitting a road bike.
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Yup - so long as you can get tire clearance, run it! I have a good friend that won 4 consecutive races on his road bike with the biggest tire he could muster on it. Dual pivot brakes and all. I've seen MTB's, and even a hybrid out on the course!

The important thing is to get out there.
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I used an '83 Nashbar touring bike for the first 3 or 4 years I did cyclocross. Did really well on it too. Old touring bikes make great cross bikes.

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I have a Diamondback MTB. Heavy as hell, but that sounds like the way to go right now.
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Definitely, use the Diamondback. Anything you get cheap will be heavy, but your fitness and handling skills will have a much bigger impact on how you do. Use the MTB for now, and when you start moving up in the standings, then you can drop some change on a good CX bike. No sense spending money now on something else that you'd want to replace anyway.

If it's got a rigid fork and a relatively flat top tube you're golden. If not, that's OK too. Also, I wouldn't worry too much about CX specific tires unless the courses in your area are very flat and fast.
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Maybe start with something like an early '90s CX bike like the Schwinn CrossCut .... http://www.trfindley.com/flschwinn_1...0/1991_15.html ... and modify it to drop bars?
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