My current stable is nice, but my mtb is no fun to commute on, the roadbike was meant to be the commuter but ended up as my brevet bike and the bike covered in baskets is great, if I want to go shopping or carry my kids but its way to heavy to be fun to commute on.
so I found this...
A cheap 8 speed flat bar road bike. Don't want flats, but my friends have kindly found me some brake levers and it has a drop bar I can install. The current mtb shifter is fine as is given its intended use. I plan on moving the 2300 spec RD from road bike to this, and moving the alivio to the Roadbike giving me a better base for the 11-34t cassette thats installed and working (but barely enough clearance). Also plan on changing out the chainrings on the roadie to a compact giving me 50-34 11-34. Thats a nice range for brevets.
The 8 speed will be converted to drop bars and get the 2300 spec RD along with its 48t single up front. The RD can handle 48-34 and still have a bit of clearance. I think it makes a good cheap commuter, allows me to get my roadbike nicer for brevets (I love climbing) and allows the mtb to be retired to being just that... an mtb.
Opinions? Do you think that hybrid will make a good commuter? I want ugly, functional, and nice to ride. I think it will check all boxes for a good low price and gives me the long cage derailler I need for my roadbike setup to work the way I want it to. Its also fairly close in spec (8 speed) to my roadie so if I need be I could just switch the wheel set in a pinch.