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Old 02-23-07, 11:27 PM   #1
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Building up a commuter

Greetings! I have been riding since I can remember and am really getting back in to the swing of things but I have a nagging question below. Thanks for the great forum!

I had a horrible accident with my beautiful Cannondale Road bike (Garage met Bike on Car) and now I have a great set of Dura-Ace 9 spd components I want to use to build up a strong commuter bike. The Frame I have and want to use in a 1996 or so GT Timberline (my first bike, I'm a little attached). I am wondering if this is something I can do or am I going to need to purchase a different frame set to build up the commuter. I have my mtn and Road bikes set up and running but I want something I can mount fenders and lights on. to be as safe as I can riding in the city. Any help or suggestions would be great.

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Try and pickup one of them older frames used, the older road bikes have plenty of clearance for wide tires and eyelets on fork/rear stays for fenders. It'll also be something that isn't super bling.
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You'll have a spacing problem in the rear (your hub is 5mm too narrow). Not a big issue, but I can't remember if the DA 7700 rear hubs will take a new axle and spacers. If so, this an easy conversion from your old rear MTB hub.

The other thing to consider is that your Timberline is probably 8-spd, so if I'm not mistaken, your 9-spd cassette will fit fine. You may not need to swap rear derailleurs either.

You're going to want to move your road bars over there to bring the brifters with them, so you'll have to look at your stem situation to fit them.

The cranks aren't likely to fit (rub right chainstay) unless you can get a wider octalink BB.

Please correct me where I'm off here. I'd just start doing it and see how things turn out.
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The rear derailleur would have to be replaced because the old one is shot. I am not too worried about the hubs or the rear for the most part I am really worried about the Cranks. I think BB of the timberline is already wider than the BB on the Cannondale so the rubbing on the chainstay may be the biggest problem. Thanks for your response
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