Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

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.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 08-15-12, 11:23 AM   #1
jstuts2260
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Bikes:
Posts: 5
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Trek Multitrack Conversion question

I'm typically a roadie, but will be doing my first cross race in a few weeks so I'm converting the gf's old hybrid to a cx bike(1997 Trek Multitrack 730). I ordered everything to convert my 730 to drop bars. But I have 2 questions.

1) Is it ridiculous to leave the grip shifters for now? I've yet to do a race, so I'm not 100% sure that I'll love it as much as I'm anticipating. Which is why I'm holding off. Should I just spend the $70 on bar end shifters??

2) I'm considering switching out the crank. My road bike is a 175mm, and this thing is 123mm so It feels like I'm riding a child's bike. In honor of keeping it cheap I'm thinking of ordering a cheap shimanno altus from nashbar.com. Since I've never replaced a crankset I'm not sure if it will fit my bike. It says it has to have a 123mm Bottom Bracket. The bike has a 110mm bb.

crank link: http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...0052_543233_-1
Bike link: http://www.bikepedia.com/quickbike/B...e#.UCvaG2Fv9Cc

Will it fit?

Thanks for the help. I'll post some pics when it's done!
jstuts2260 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-12, 11:39 AM   #2
fietsbob 
coprolite
 
fietsbob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: NW,Oregon Coast
Bikes: 7
Posts: 20,369
Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 638 Post(s)
just buy the tires , for now.. its a rider endurance and dismount remount skill as much as a riding
off camber dirt, and tight corners thing..

get cranks and BB' as a set to insure they work together.
fietsbob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-12, 02:31 PM   #3
Dave.H
Junior Member
 
Dave.H's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Bikes:
Posts: 19
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I rode a few races last year on a 1994 GT Backwoods with crappy hub bearings and a bad front shock. Still had fun! As fietsbob said, just get some tires and ride it and see how you like it.
Dave.H is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:38 PM.