I was at a friend's store Friday. He has always sold and maintained bikes but they are not his bread and butter business. He knows that I will by two cross country ski packages from him this fall. We were looking through what he calls his museum. He has several N.O.S. (New Old Stock, meaning never sold) bikes dating back almost 30 years. I am going to buy one from him and he knows it. I always wanted a top quality bike with down tube shifters.
Anyway he pulls out this mid 90's Raleigh MT500 28cm frame. Hard tail mt. bike frame with fixed forks. Has every attachment point need for racks and fenders already built in. Pretty light compared to something with suspension and Very light compared to my Giant Yukon mt bike frame. He gave it to me. 0$.
I have a 2000 Fiji Mt Bike with a compact frame, 7 speed cassett, triple crank, all shimano that my son has outgrown. I am going to strip the Fuji and turn the Raleigh frame into a commuter/light tourer with 26X1.25 slicks.
Is this a dumb idea? I am going to do it any way, I just wanted to know.