A young friend with very limited resources wants to do a minimal conversion on a 21 sp comfort bike. I am thinking that we could do it with just the following:
Inexpensive road bar
Bar con shifters run in friction mode
Road brake levers
I'm thinking we could do it for about $120 plus the tires, producing a servicable, more or less road-configured bike. I realize that the road brake levers aren't great with the v-brakes, but I ran a converted Giant Cypress with STI levers for a while and braking was adequate. Obviously, other changes would be nice, but we are talking minimal. I am a pretty fair shade tree road bike mechanic, having built, disassembled, rebuilt, and repaired a few bikes not to mention innumerable component swaps among my bikes. It seems to me the above should work, but I thought I'd double check with the experts before spending any money.
I have also suggested we keep an eye out for a nice old 10sp which is always an option.
Any thoughts on the conversion possiblity? Am I missing anything?