i've decided that all i pretty much need in my life is my road bike and a beefier utility bike for errands/camping/etc. here's what i have at my disposal:
fantom cross uno
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/uno.htm [www.bikesdirect.com] »
LOVE the caad. that one isn't going anywhere but it pretty much gets used solely for road rides. the uno is a great bike. it fits great and serves all my needs except that i recently moved to a pretty hilly area and running single speed isn't really that functional around here. i was given the fuji for free from a friend and i don't really think mountain biking is my thing but think it would be kind of ****ty to outright sell that considering it was a gift. so i have come up with three options:
option 1: sell the uno and purchase a 80s/90s rigid mountain bike and do a drop bar bar end shifter conversion
(seems to be cheapest route, although older bikes might end up being more of a money pit, weird geometry issues)
option 2: keep the uno and convert that to igh
(need to rebuild wheel around hub, heavy, igh can be finicky from what i hear, no idea of the cost with labor)
option 3: purchase bar end shifters and this cross frameset ( http://bikeisland.com/cgi-bin/BKTK_S...ls&ProdID=1238 ) and move the mountain bike drivetrain over. i have an extra wheelset that can take 700x28 tires plus moving the drops, brakes and brake levers from the uno and sell that frame. then possibly eventually convert the mountain bike to SS to occasionally do single track with my dad or whatever.
(pretty pricey overall for pretty blah components, almost spend enough to purchase a new bike outright)
what would you do?