Hi all, like the title says, I’m new and need some help on determining if my current road bike is a gravel conversion candidate.
It’s a Nishiki Maricopa (2015?) that I was given a few years ago and I believe everything is stock. From my understanding, Nishiki is Dick’s Sporting Goods’ in-house brand which has made it difficult for me to find specs for. The wheels are 700c and I’m currently running 23mm tires on it. I love the bike but want to make it more fun and capable.
From doing lots of reading on doing a conversion, it seems like running 650b wheels with somewhere in the neighborhood of 40mm would possibly work. Does this seem feasible just in a general since for this type of conversion? Additionally, I unfortunately have rim brakes and it seems like I might need to add long reaching brakes to make up the difference in wheel size.
Any advice would help! I’ll also be in the market for some inexpensive components (wheels/tires/brakes) if anyone has any recommendations. Thanks in advance!