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Old 05-17-14, 06:52 AM   #1
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A good base for an all weather drop bar commuter?

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.
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Old 05-17-14, 07:05 AM   #2
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Nice. I want to see the result.
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Old 05-17-14, 07:08 AM   #3
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Nice. I want to see the result.
Tomorrows job. Got my ducks lined up. Switched out a few parts from my parts bin for the compact crank and brake levers I need. Traded some wrench time for a few other compents (friend wants his mini velo modded) so I think for a modest price I can make myself a little 1x8 roadie that can sit outside work and not be stolen, but still be nice to ride. 48 x 11-34 isn't bad for commuting. Wouldn't ride a brevet that way but to get to work? Should be more than enough.
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Tomorrows job. Got my ducks lined up. Switched out a few parts from my parts bin for the compact crank and brake levers I need. Traded some wrench time for a few other compents (friend wants his mini velo modded) so I think for a modest price I can make myself a little 1x8 roadie that can sit outside work and not be stolen, but still be nice to ride. 48 x 11-34 isn't bad for commuting. Wouldn't ride a brevet that way but to get to work? Should be more than enough.
IIRC, Incheon wasn't so hilly. I find that were I am in England that SS is quite fun and it's a quick dash to work (10km).

I was just checking the paint on my cheap SS and after a few months of commuting it's quite abused already, which will decrease the probability of it getting stolen I say that because your bike reminds me of my bike. No insult intended.
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That's just about perfect for a commuter to minimize maintenance and still have a fun ride. I'm partial to your scheme since my backup commuter has almost the same configuration.
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One challenge with putting drops on a flat bar bike is getting them in the right position. It looks there's already some sort of extender on there already to get the bars up higher so you should be good. The other challenge is shifting as you can't usually put MTB shifters on road bars. A bar-end shifter is usually the most economical approach but you might be able to find an old 8 speed Sora shifter on Ebay for not too much.

I don't see any particular problem if you're OK with how stem and handle bars end up looking.
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Rear shifting is the same be it road or mtb. cassette spacing is identical. I know this as my rpadbike runs brifters and antb cassette. Shifts like a dream. This bike has no front derailler so the issue won't happen. I also think that am mtb ttigger shifter on the flats will work fine. Just skip the bartape in that spot.
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Rear shifting is the same be it road or mtb. cassette spacing is identical. I know this as my rpadbike runs brifters and antb cassette. Shifts like a dream. This bike has no front derailler so the issue won't happen. I also think that am mtb ttigger shifter on the flats will work fine. Just skip the bartape in that spot.
It's not that MTB shifters wouldn't work with a rear road derailleur and vice-versa, it's that flat bar shifters don't usually fit on drop bars due to the different diameters. Drops are 23.8 mm where the shifters mount and flat bars are 22.2, - or something like that.

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Commuter bikes should not be white. They should be dirt-colored.
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Trekking bars are very cool and everything on the flat bar transfers right over (brakes, shifters, etc.); it offers you plenty of hand positions so it may be a good option.
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It's not that MTB shifters wouldn't work with a rear road derailleur and vice-versa, it's that flat bar shifters don't usually fit on drop bars due to the different diameters. Drops are 23.8 mm where the shifters mount and flat bars are 22.2, - or something like that.
Most european/asian markets sell drops in both sizes. Just not really sold in the North American market.

One example of many (this bar comes in the same shape but three different tubing diameters).

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yup, shifter was wrony for the bars. Solution? Addmore bars.


Compact 50-34, 11-34 rear and an acera shifter. 1:1 bailout gear.
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yup, shifter was wrony for the bars. Solution? Addmore bars.


Compact 50-34, 11-34 rear and an acera shifter. 1:1 bailout gear.
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