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Old 01-09-11, 10:37 AM   #1
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What are your vintage conversions weighing in at?

I am relatively new to cycling, and my first bike was a Motobecane Fantom Cross, which is now my CX bike and my stable has grown to include a China carbon bike.

My question is for my wife however. She thinks that she might, kinda, maybe will want to go to some cross practices this year again, and maybe race this year. The problem is that she was riding on an old MTB that she got in college... i swear this thing has to weigh 30 lbs, she can barely lift it.

She keeps telling me NOT to buy her a new cross bike. But she said NEW. I am always watching CL for a smallish older bike that I could set up with 1xwhatever gearing setup and put a brifter on for her (1x9 if a standard 700c wheel will fit if it has longer reach centerpulls).

Am i just spinning my wheels trying to help her have a lighter bike going with an older steeley? She rides a 54cm womens bike, and rode real comfortable on a 51cm redline frame.

I need some tips. I figured the best option would be the current $399 sale on BD
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/dawes/ltcross_x.htm
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Old 01-09-11, 11:29 AM   #2
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I converted a 1977 Gitane Gypsy Sport to singlespeed, and it came in around 23 pounds. The big weight loss came from new wheels and drive train. It ended costing as much as that Dawes (which is probably also around 23 pounds).

I also have a 1989 Specialized Rockhopper that I upgraded to all modern components, including wheels, but kept as a mountain bike. That weighs around 24 pounds.
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Thanks Andy. I have some random stuff hanging around here at home (including her MTB) going to throw up on craigslist to fund a dawes. Only problem with the Dawes is that it is 8 speed... we'd have 8, 9, and 10 speed stuff hanging around the house then haha.
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