I love the Surly LHT, but I'm coming back to biking after a long time, and my better half would like to make sure the bike habit sticks before investing $2k plus in a bike + accessories.
So, the guys from Crank (here in Portland) recommended that I find an old hardtail mtb to convert into durable commuter. I am now the owner of a 1987-1988 Specialized Hardrock.
It's in excellent shape. Cro-moly steel, nice geometry, no suspension. ($95 on craigslist!).
After the tune-up and the fit session, I'll have about $500 to spend on tricking it out.
So if you had $500, and everything on the bike worked fine, and you were going to use it as a grocery getter and to ride around town, what specifically would you buy/do to it?
I've got this odd index-friction combo shifter on it. So I might want to switch that out. But it's Suntour, not Shimano, and I don't know if I can change companies.
She also needs a rear rack and some lights. And I think I'd like different handlebars.
Do you have racks/lights/accessories that you just love that you'd like to steer a newb towards?