So I backed into a tree in an unlit wooded driveway at night, dented my wife's CR-Vs hatch, broke out the window and crushed my Schwinn roadie. I damaged my Trek MTB but only the gears got bent, which I replaced the Biopace gears for $30 a pop
Well I have a century ride a week and a half from today, realizing riding it on a MTB wouldn't be nearly as fun (or comfortable) as I would want. Despite getting money from insurance, we just found out that we have some medical bills that need attention, so no new bike for me....shucks. What is one who like to tinker to do?
Make a road worthy MTB. The vintage section had some drop bar MTB so figured I have drop bar parts, a working MTB, why not see what happens? So the combination of an 82 Schwinn Continental and 91 (early 90's) Trek 800 Antelope and we have....
My Shrek Antenental Contilope named Dirty Gertie. Also referred to as my S.A.C.
I know, I know. No one likes snake fangs with the brakes, but I don't have a shorter reach stem so they would have been too far out if the hoods weren't pulled back.
The cockpit - basically the brakes, bar and shifters from my 82 Conti. I probably could use a few inches more on the front brake cable housing but it works well and holds just seems like it might be trying too much.
It might get stripped and powdercoated this winter, otherwise it will be my everything bike until around my birthday where (turning 30) I would like to splurge on something new for the road. But rides like a dream with those big balloon tires! Buzzes like an off-road truck but I am getting new tires today for it.