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My daughter has demanded (seriously) I switch her road bike to a cyclocross bike for the next season. She is only 8 and loves doing the races with her mom, so I figured I would oblige.

She currently has a 24" wheel Fuji road bike, and my problem is the brakes are road bike calipers instead of cantilever. Can I get away with this if I'm willing to take them apart and clean them every once in awhile?

Any other advice is welcomed!

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I think you will probably be limited to the tire clearance on this. I can get ~32's in my road bike, but I do have to deflate the tire partially to get it past the calipers. I could probably fit 28-30 CX tires just fine (with lower profile treads).

Mud clearance may also be an issue, but at her age, just let her go have fun on the current bike.
 

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Eh, the conversion is two new tires. Much cheaper than a new bike.

But if the tires she wants don't fit, then only option is a new bike.
 

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Thanks for all the good advice.

I ordered some continental tires that are 1.75 inches wide compared to the 1inch currently on the bike.
 
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