Hi bike peeps -1st post -eek!
Need to get my daughter a bike - she goes to the local bike club that does CX, and although she can hire a bike from them, i want to get her a bike for her birthday in a few months that she can also maintain,go to school with and use at the club.
As most teen CX start at about £400-500 and i don't have that sort of money(as well as London not being a good place for expensive bikes).... i'm looking to build one.
What's bike model is good to start with ?
-Hybrids are often shorter and have better clearance as well as having 700c wheels - so looking for that to start with(as ebay has no cheap CX bikes but loads of of hybrid ex.commutes).
-Alu, mass produced and a few years old - (basic components ok -can upgrade as they break)
-Small size 15"-17"
Then what would i add?
-Short reach breaks/sti shifter? + Tektro top mount levers (made for women/child?)
-Aluminium drop 'bar, short reach, shallow drop? (made for women/child?)
-Cyclo Cross Race tyres (Continental ?)