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Converting road bike to cyclocross, question about value

Old 06-27-14, 11:31 AM
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Converting road bike to cyclocross, question about value

Hi folks,

I'm new here but have been reading these posts for years. I just got a new Surly Cross Check and love it. I use it mostly for commuting but also ride some singletrack and plan to do some light touring eventually. Cyclocross racing is not in my future.

Because I enjoy the Cross check so much, I'm throwing around the idea of building something similar for a friend.

I have a pristine Miyata seventen that I'm considering turning into a more commuter/cyclocross bike (more commuter than cyclocross). I know there are other bikes that would be more akin to building up for cyclocross, ie: something with cantis, but I' not really trying to get another bike.

Basically I would keep the build pretty simple and would replace with: more commuter friendly bars (mustache or midge...) some modern, comfy brake levers and hoods like on the stock Cross Check, and larger tires. The seventen looks like it could fit 28c or maybe even 30c knobby tires.

My question is:

Because the bike is in such great original condition with original components (suntour cyclone), would it be too nice to to make even these minor changes? Also if anyone has experience with this bike and tire clearance please chime in!
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Road bikes tend to use short reach, (max49mm) side pull brakes What is on the Prospect?

they would not take a 30 knobby, but a 28 with a fine file tread.. that is apearing what the new gravel tire
spoken of recently is ..

older Sport~touring bikes would have a bit more tire capacity ..

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Some road bikes will take a 30 mm tire.

A sports touring bike would be better suited as a gravel grinder road bike.
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