After getting a decent road bike, (actually 2 of them), and a cyclocross bike that will be my primary commuter, I thought that I'd be unloading my Trek 7300 comfort bike, but I found it hard to part with. It was the bike that got me back into riding. So, instead of leaving well enough alone, I've decided to upgrade some things, and change others, making it more into a bike that fits the way I ride now, and turn it into a faster flat-bar road bike.
I've already got most of the parts, and should be getting started in the next week or two. Some things I'm going to have the LBS do (change out the fork and headset), but I'd like to do as much as I can myself. I've got the Park Tool manual and Zinn books, a workstand, and a decent tool kit. The wheelset will be a later upgrade, but here's what I plan to do:
I figure that the LBS should do the headset/fork install, but if I take my time and am patient, can I do the rest of this? I think I've got all the tools.....
- Replace suspension fork with rigid fork
- Replace threaded headset, comfort stem and riser bars with threadless headset, stem and flat bars.
- Replace Gripshift with RapidFire Shifters
- Upgrade SRAM drive train and cassette to 105FR, Ultegra RD and 105 cassette
- Replace stock crankset with 105 triple
- Replace comfort saddle with better road saddle
- Replace 38mm city tires with 28mm slicks
- POSSIBLY replace suspension seatpost (should I)?
- Install new chain and brake/shifter cables
- Install Ergon Race grips/bar ends
- Replace BeaverBlade fenders with Freddies
Here's the BEFORE picture.....