Been looking for a cheap cyclocross project for a long time & just bought this 1991 Schwinn CrissCross.
Needs a good cleaning, but looks like it has most of the things I wanted... Steel frame with big tire clearance,
700c wheels & cantilever brakes.
What'cha all think? My plan is to to throw on a set of drop bars, brake levers/bar end shifters.
Ride/practice all summer & finish (puking) dead last in my first race.
Since it looks like it has a quill stem, get one of those quill stem adapters from Nashbar for $15 Then you can put threadless stem and virtually any bar you want on the bike. Have fun. Let us know how the beater morphs.
The most important thing about cross is that you puke and then replenish those lost calories and fluids with beer.
Word of warning: Almost all drop bar conversions of hybrids don't work right, because the top tubes are too long and the headtubes too short. I'd just keep the flat bars. There are other, better ways of tweaking that bike.
+1, just put knobby cross tires on it, and call it good,
USCF/UCI doesn't care about novice races, so no regulations apply.
Do check tension and truing on those wheels..
+2 find a set of michelin Mud2s, regrease everything, lose the reflectors & get ready to suffer. There are quite a few people locally riding older MTBs and flat bar bikes in the C & even B races.
If you're still in NeOhio, there will probably be a clinic at Reagan Park in August sometime to give a good review of the basics.
Thanks for all the advice. (I am still in Ohio)
I did get the wheels trued up,started stripping all the unnecessary bits & cleaning the frame.
But,I'm thinking about keeping this CrissCross as my all-rounder & continuing to
look for a race bike. The SunTour XTC drive train looks pretty trashed & I'm a little disappointed that
drop bars might not work.
What can I say, can't help it, I'm a traditionalist... Drop bars,700c wheels,cantilever brakes
on a steel frame all covered in mud are what I've been dreaming about.
That being said, it is good to know that I can use it to train & even race if
I can't find the right bike before I'm ready.
I'm probably the least knowedgeable cx'er out there, but feel free to hit me up for a noob perspective. Last year was my first season, and I somehow never ended up DFL. I actually ended up having a couple decent midpack battles later in the season once I got some more fitness and skills.
I won't be able to race this year (having some cool Ti hardware installed in my back soon) but I'll be there to heckle and drink beer once I'm able.
I have a schwinn crosscut from the same era. It used the same frame as the crisscross. I have it set up with drop bars. I used a short stem and I find it rides wonderfully. Since you already have the bike I say give it a shot. Quill stems are easy to adjust and can be had cheap or free.