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Old 08-10-13, 11:25 AM   #1
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Advice concerning possible future bike project! (long post warning)

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:

caad10
http://www.bikepedia.com/quickbike/B...5#.UgZMAGRlW2M

fantom cross uno
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/uno.htm [www.bikesdirect.com] »

fuji nevada
http://www.bikepedia.com/quickbike/B...0#.UgZMeWRlW2M


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?

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Old 08-10-13, 11:45 AM   #2
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I converted a single speed to IGH a few years back and I'd say the total cost was just under $400. It can probably be done for less if you stick with the twist grip in the kit but mounting on drop bars can be a challenge.

I've also bought a couple '90's steel mountain bikes for fun and alternate commuters. My experience has been the wheels were pretty much rusted/shot on the ones I bought but inexpensive replacements are available. Never converted them to drops but plenty of people do. Some have rack mounts/eyelets and some don't but there are other options for mounting.

Personally I'd say if you're happy with the ride of the Uno my choice would be to explore that conversion option more.
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Old 08-10-13, 11:48 AM   #3
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can't stand the look of the twist shifter on the end of a drop bar myself unfortunately
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I used the twist grip shifter for a while but it did get old. The j-tek bar end shifter is available for $80.
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how much does it cost to get a wheel built up around an igh? i was thinking 3-5 speed probably.

Edit: just noticed that the j-tek shifter is for 8 speed systems

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If you want a unique look and solution involving bar-ends and drop bars, check out RetroShifts
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is there an option where you buy a rigid fork for the mountain bike and put skinnier road/commuter tires on it and maybe drop bars or even just bar ends?
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is there an option where you buy a rigid fork for the mountain bike and put skinnier road/commuter tires on it and maybe drop bars or even just bar ends?
this would definitely be the most LOGICAL solution, however i tend to think modern mountain bikes with drops look a little awkward. strictly vanity/taste.
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[FWIW]Were I in possesion of the described stable of bikes and likewise interested in optimizing an ideal scenario as outlined, I would do thus: in fact I did this very thing decades ago to a Gitane track bike that is long gone... anyway... back in my 20's I knew, thanks to Eugene Sloane, that any halfway decent LBS could braze (weld?) on a dérailleur mounting ear to the lower tang of a track dropout. I had this done, and the result was very satisfactory. I would source the necessary ?sp wheelset and an RD and use a downtube shifter to control it! Light, cheap (relatively), and to my mind more practical than trying to sort out IGH and shifters etc. I wouldn't do anything at all with the Fuji except maybe put fenders on it and possibly a rack and otherwise make sure that it is ready to go to work on short notice as a backup commuter for mornings when the Phantom is under the weather.[/FWIW]

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You can convert the uno to a 3 speed for $250 (or less if you go with trigger shifter rather than the bar end but the 3 spd bar end is kinda cool if pricey):

http://store.somafab.com/soig370rewh.html

and http://store.somafab.com/star3bash.html
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