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Maybe better feedback in the cross forum...

but also remember...
In the beginning, folks used their road bikes as cross bikes. There wasn't such thing as a cross bike.

I just helped my friend convert his Litespeed Classic into a crosser. All we did was spring for some 700X28 semi knobbies (nashbar.com) for around $30.00 each. Depending on the course, you may be able to get by with 700X28 or 32 slicks.

You may want to look into 48 or 50 by 39 chainrings. Other than that, you are ready to go.

I do quite a lot of cross races and see plenty of road bikes.

I also recommend getting a wider handlebar or a cross specific bar such as the Salsa Bell Lap.

Go for it!
 
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