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Should I Cross-Out My DeRosa?(4 posts)

Should I Cross-Out My DeRosa?chindogu
Aug 17, 2002 5:34 AM
Months ago I came across a late 70's era DeRosa road bike. Plans were to restore it to it's original glory but now I'm considering a different path. Many friends want to get into cross but lack the bike so my thought was to build up the DeRosa as a cross bike. Am I nuts? Would I be ruining a classic?
Aug 17, 2002 8:57 AM
don't do it. there are inexpensive cross bikes out there, and your derosa is a nice old machine that won't work all that well for cross anyway.
Probably nottriangleforge
Aug 19, 2002 12:48 PM
Though a friend's son races a little Basso steel road frame converted over for 'cross duty, that's kind of a special case -- son needed a small bike about the size of one they had lying around, and dad just happens to be a frame builder who could zap on some cantilever posts one afternoon when the torch was hot.

I've got an old 1970s road frame of unknown provenance that I'll use sometimes as a back-up 'cross bike, but it's a long way from ideal. Tire clearance is better than on modern bikes, but still not that great, and even if a 'cross tire fits between the chainstays in the back, you may need to deflate it to get it into the horizontal drops and pulled back into position.

That said, if you're in earnest about this conversion, Patrick O'Grady has tips for converting mountain & road bikes for cyclcocross at the "Cyclocross 101" link at his website

Aug 20, 2002 6:42 PM
don't do it. set it up as a vintage roadie and be happy. Road bikes usually make poor crossers to begin with, clearance, canti bosses etc... not worth the hassle and not worth the defiling of a fine old classic. Kinda like using some old Deutsch Grammaphone direct to plate recording of Marie Callas to do scratch mixes.