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Old 05-02-09, 12:23 PM
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Hybrid Touring Conversion?

I am pretty new to biking and just finished building a nice road bike. Recently I have been thinking of doing some touring this summer. I have a '95 Specialized Crossroads that I would like to convert to a touring bike and was wondering if the geometry would work out as a decent alternative to buying a tourer. The frame is in good shape and is very comfortable on long rides. The parts I have on hand now that I could use are a Deda drop bar, DA barcons, Ultegra 9 speed triple crank and BB, XT FD, Ultegra sgs RD, Ultegra 9 speed cassette, DA 9 speed chain, and Bontrager Race X Lite wheelset. I will also likely update the brake levers and brakes, seat post to a Thomson, and a Brooks saddle. Toss on racks and fenders and I am hoping I would have a pretty nice tourer. Any recommendations on brake levers and brakes that would be compatible with the parts I have? Also will the Bonty wheelset hold up to the weight? The pic is how the bike is set up now. Thanks.
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Old 05-02-09, 12:35 PM
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It all sounds good save for your wheel choice... the racelite wheels are strong but are not easily serviced and can easily be fragged.

You will need travel adjusters if you use v-brakes or will need to switch to cantis and get the appropiate hangers and hardware. You could also get v brake compatible drop levers that need no travel adjusters.

Your current wheels might be a better choice... but I cannot tell what they are in the picture.
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Old 05-02-09, 12:53 PM
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Thanks Sixty Fiver. That's pretty much what I thought about the brakes, but was not sure. Pretty much what I figured about the wheels as well. The wheels I currently have on are the originals and have 7 speed hubs. I have not messed with wheels yet, but was under the impression that they would not be compatible with 9 speed. Any good suggestions on a cheap set of touring wheels?
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Old 05-02-09, 03:06 PM
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In going to a 9 speed road cassette you need 130 mm rear spacing and because your your 7 speed bike has (or should have) 126 mm spacing it will need to be re-spaced... for this you want a steel frame as Aluminium does not like to be bent.

If this is the case you could swap an 8-9 speed freehub body (they are the same) on to the 7 speed wheel so it would accommodate an 8-9 speed freehub which would then require a little re-spacing and re-dishing.

If the Specialized has nice hubs and wheels I'd consider this as it would cost less than a new wheelset... I would like to know what it is currently using.

In checking I see that Harris Cyclery offers a Sora/A319/DT 8-9 speed wheelset in a 36/36 for $219.00 (130mm) or a Deore equipped version with the same parts for 135mm spacing at the same $219.00 price.

They also offer an Alivio/CR18 wheelset for 119.99 but for loaded rides... the A319 wheelset is the way to go.

I like the A319...it is a strong and economic wheel that builds up really nicely and Harris' price is really quite good.
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Old 05-02-09, 04:33 PM
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Cool, I will check out those wheelsets. The A319 sounds good and is within my budget. My frame is cromoly. It is a little heavy, but it rides really smooth. I measured the spacing and it is already 135mm.
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You measured the distance between the rear dropouts yes ?

I think you will be well pleased with that Deore / A319 combo.. Shimano hubs have never caused me any grief and Mavic wheels are excellent. In building up my hybrid I used a Deore hub, butted spokes (Berg), and a Mavic wheel. I figure I have put 3000 km on it since building it and it has never needed to see a spoke wrench.

I am going to take my newly refitted Trek on a shake out ride tomorrow afternoon and if everything works with my schedule, I will be going on 800-1000 km ride in a few weeks.

You could probably sell those Racelites and have enough for the new wheelset too.
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You don't need dropbars on a tourer. The easiest solution is trekking bars. You have a couple of extra hand positions and you can reuse your shifter and brake levers. You can order custom built wheels with the hubs and rims you need. This will cost a little extra but they will last many years and are worth the higher cost. In most instances you'll find they cost less due to higher quality components used and resultant longer life lasting two to three times that of lower quality stock machine built wheels. Building wheels yourself is not that difficult and is worth the time and effort to learn to do so. I use a Specialized CrossRoads as my touring bike.

It's served me well for many years and thousands of miles. I also use it as my commuter bike as well.
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N4zou, I hope my rig turns out as nice as yours. How does it handle under load? Also what size tires are you using? I will probably go ahead with the drops since I already have them and the bar end shifters. I really like the look of the trekking bars though. I do have a set of XTR trigger shifters/levers laying around. Would they work on a trekking bar? I would have to switch to v-brakes (or use a travel agent) which I do prefer over cantis.
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Old 05-03-09, 02:03 PM
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Hello. I have a similar "problem" as kaliayev. I am thinking between The Trek 820 mtb or My OLD Schwinn. I would use it for not so log tours( maybe 50 or so miles but with lots of stuff for lots of riders( if that makes seance))

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Sorry kaliayev i have no idea but your plan seems fine!
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I have recently made that conversion my self. Don't sweat the spacing on the rear. It actually should be at 132.5 to fit either 130 spaced or 135 spaced rear hubs. My conversion can be seen here.
https://www.bikeforums.net/touring/507018-specialized-crossroads-conversion-complete.html
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It does everything rather well...


1999 Trek 7500 Multitrack conversion... 135 mm rear spacing.


It originally had 700:42 Scwalbe Marathons (and could run larger tyres) and now has 700:28's... the ride is still great and she's much faster.


I routed the shifter cables under the tape and may add aero levers to really clean up the bars although the Gran Compe levers I have work very very well... even from the hoods.

The crank has a 24/34/44 and the rear is an 11-28 (8 speed)...I have towed as much as 300 pounds with this bike with no issues.
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The Trek 700/7000 series are really nice bikes. I picked this '95 720 up for my daughter a couple of months ago. She had outgrown the Trek 220 I had for her. It is all original including the tires. $50.00 off Craigslist. The guy I bought it from also had another 720 that he was selling for $50, but was to large for me. Probably should have bought it anyway and turned it around.
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That is a really nice job Mudu93. It is good to see that others have converted the Crossroads for touring so successfully. It does seem that this bike lends itself for conversion pretty easily.

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Old 05-03-09, 06:09 PM
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N4zou, I hope my rig turns out as nice as yours. How does it handle under load? Also what size tires are you using? I will probably go ahead with the drops since I already have them and the bar end shifters. I really like the look of the trekking bars though. I do have a set of XTR trigger shifters/levers laying around. Would they work on a trekking bar? I would have to switch to v-brakes (or use a travel agent) which I do prefer over cantis.
The XTR shifters will work on Trekking bars, they are the same diameter as the MTB bars. Canti's and V brakes us the same brake levers (normally) again they fit MTB bars vs the smaller diameter road bars.

I am in the process of building up a similar bike to N4zou on a Giant Iguana frame using the trekking bars. It will be my rough road/expedition tour bike.

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