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Making my old steel road frame trail ready.
I am interested in doing a little CX riding on my old steel road bike that I use for commuting. It is a late 80's early 90's Atala race frame with Columbus SL tubing, but the funny thing is that it has the clearance for 38's in the front and 32s in the rear. I currently have it set up as a fixed-gear commuter with road tyres on it, riding every day to work and back.
Since I never have time to MTB anymore I was thinking of hitting the trails as part of my before/after work commute on the Atala. I am seriously in need of some singletrack.
I have most of the parts that I need (i think) to make it into a SSCX frankenbike. Tektro levers, 39t chainring etc. The only thing that I am stuck on are brakes. Without welding on canti mounts or disc tabs, what is the best way to go about getting brakes on with clearance for fat tires? I have seen people use old center-pull brakes that mount in the regular road brake "hole" Would these give me the clearance I need vs regular sidepull road calipers?
Oh, and what is a good SS gearing for trail riding?