Flatbar road/bikepath bike - need suggestions
(alos posted in the road forum, but this is probably a better place)
I have a 2002 Trek 2300 frameset that I picked up for a good deal (was a floor model with hardly any use) and I'd like to build something a little different.
I sometimes ride with folks that do a 'C-D' pace and I get a bit bored on my Madone. Also, it'll be a family bikepath bike.
So with that said, I was looking at building the 2300 frame into something with a flatbar on it. I probably don't need a full double on the front, so what's your recommendation for a single crank that'll work with a 9 or 10 speed cassette?
Should I do mountain components, such as Shimano XT shifter and XT rear derailleur and a 9-speed cassette with something like an 11-32?
I suppose I could always build as a normal road bike only with mountain shifters on the flatbar, but I wanted to do something a little different without trying to make it into a fixed gear. I still want to coast as I will also be riding it with the family on the bikepath, too.
Or, I could always just do a normal double up front, but I really didn't see the need for the extra gears. But if it is cheaper/easier, then I could be convinced.
Suggestions? Any better ideas for the frame/intended usage?
For my 'bike path' trips, I've been riding my 29er with a less-aggressive 700x38 tire on it, and that works ok. But I'd really like something lighter and a bit smoother rolling. Also, I'd like to keep my mountain bike dedicated to trails.