convert old schwinn to new commuter
Please be patient with me I have never done anything like this, so will probably seem very ignorant about lots of this.
I love the old schwinn cruiser frames. I am considering purchasing an old multi-speed one and converting it into a bike that I can commute on and possibly go on a couple of short overnight camping trips with. Basically convert it into a touring bike of sorts (but mostly it will only go on roads or a few dirt paths and not for more than 50 miles at any one time).
Is it possible to use one of these old frames and put instead of 3 or 5 speeds on it, to convert it to 12 or even 21 speeds? Is this something that is possible without having to cut the frame at all etc etc...I only say this last piece because I overheard someone saying that to convert a frame that used 24" tires he had to cut the frame. That would be getting really in over my head.
Thanks for any advice you might have for me.