I have access to an old Schwinn Woodlands 10-speed mountain bike. I pumped up the tires and rode it around the neighborhood. It was way more comfortable than my current ride (a diamondback sorrento) and I was thinking that at the price (freeish) I could put on some skiny tires and a couple of baskets and have a nice run-around bike for in-town. The frame seems to be small diameter for a MTB and the shifters are like old-school down tube type ones that just happen to be mounted on the handle bars. Odd.
I see on my local CL there is a nice Schwinn 12-speed Free Spirit road bike for VERY short money. I'm not looking to go long distances or any thing, just a couple miles to the store and back. I want to keep the MTB as just that because trail riding is fun and I want to keep doing some street miles to get fitter. If this were YOUR project wold you:
- Just rack-up the Sorrento and be done with it since it's s ****e MTB any way.
- Try to make the Woodlands a better road bike. (would I have to change the size the rear sprockets to get a more road-friendly gear ratio?)
- Buy the Road bike. It's plenty tough enough to handle grocery getting and already has the right gears and rubber.