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Road 2 Cyclo cross bike for 20 quid?

MoonbikerMoonbiker Posts: 1,706
edited December 2013 in Cyclocross
Hi have an old steel peugeot 5 speed bike Reynolds 531 was thinking just sticking theese wide tyres to make it into an instant CX bike ... wired-tyre

What do you reckon?

Obviously its not gonna be the best CX bike eva bit would it work or a recipe for disaster :o ?

The rims are mavic Ma40 will thet take a 32mm tyre?

Some opnions here...!topic ... NemYmgK71M

The frame/brake clearance does looks big enough alot more than on most newer road bikes.


  • MoonbikerMoonbiker Posts: 1,706
    Plan was to use bike round the Gwydyr forest etc
  • majormantramajormantra Posts: 2,094
    Didn't people used to convert their road bikes for 'cross just by fitting centre-pull brakes for extra clearance? I thought there was a Sheldon Brown article but I can't seem to find it.

    For just messing about I expect it would be fine if the clearance is there.

    And yes, the rims will be fine.
  • Monty DogMonty Dog Posts: 20,614
    The Vittorias aren't really a CX tyre, but would be fine for fireroads, gravel trails etc but less so soft conditions and mud. Provided you've got enough tyre clearance, you'll be OK but soft mud and leaves are likely to collect around the brake calipers / fork crown and could make progress difficult in heavy conditions.
    Make mine an Italian, with Campagnolo on the side..
  • MoonbikerMoonbiker Posts: 1,706
    soft mud and leaves are likely to collect around the brake calipers

    Getting that on my road bike whilst riding on tarmac roads, atm due to farmers trailing mud everwhere.

    Alot of gravel fire roads seem to have less mud on them than regular roads as farmers don't drive tractors in the forests. :roll:
  • DeVlaeminckDeVlaeminck Posts: 8,306
    I tried something similar years ago - the problem with my peugeot was clearance at the chainstays was tight and would get clogged with mud or muck even on wet cycle routes let alone cross races.
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