A local bike co-op is doing a build-a-bike class this winter -- bring in a bike, over 6-8 weeks take everything off, overhaul, put it all back on. My main goal is to learn how to better maintain mine and my family's bikes, but if I could get a kinda cool cross bike out of it, I'm game!
I'm thinking I'll use my old non-suspension mountain bike (DB cromoly, non-sloping top tube). Mostly I'm thinking of using this bike because I don't ride it so it can be in pieces of 6-8 weeks and it's front and rear geared so I can learn about that stuff.
But what if at the same time I wanted to try to make it into a cross bike, even for racing? Are there any advantages to a mtn bike in a CX race? I've been passed by them (okay, doesn't say a lot!). Do 26 inch wheels corner better? Do flat bars give more control in technical parts? What might I want to do to make this mtn bike into a good cross bike -- moustache bars, drops, other ideas?