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Converting a cyclocross bike for road riding

Old 08-06-07, 01:38 PM
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Converting a cyclocross bike for road riding

I have a cyclocross bike I'd like to use mainly as a road bike. I'm rather new to biking and have been using this bike for road riding. I want to get a custom cyclocross bike that is better oriented for more off road riding of the type I find here in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Rather than buy an additional road bike I rather make my current cyclocross more road oriented, yet still be able to ride 6-7 miles on dirt roads that serve as connectors between pavement.

My current cyclocross bike is pretty light (Kona Jake the Snake frame) and has carbon drop handlebars and seatpost. The front chain rings are 53/39 and I have a 12/25 rear cassette. My wheels are FSA RD-200s with FSA hubs. Tires are Panaracer Pasela (700x32). Cranks are Shimano Ultegra.

Is there anything that I should do to make this bike more road oriented? Do the the rear cassette and front chain rings have sufficient teeth for road riding. Would smaller tires be a better choice or would they not work adequately for dirt connector roads?

Any advice would be appreciated.
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You're gearing is totally fine...very common Double set-up. Different set of tires (700x23's) wouldn't hurt, but heck, if you're still wanting to easily handle "dirt connector roads", I suggest you stick with what you got.

A CX bike can easily work as a Road bike...just not the other way around (something I'm beginning to realize as a work to convert my old road bike to a SS Cross.)
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That is a standard road crankset and standard cassette. You will be fine there. Unless you want to go with smaller tires, which is completely dependent on you and your connectors, I would say you are good to go.
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Originally Posted by LowCel View Post
That is a standard road crankset and standard cassette. You will be fine there. Unless you want to go with smaller tires, which is completely dependent on you and your connectors, I would say you are good to go.
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