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View Poll Results: Here's what I would do...
Let poor bike rot in ye olde garage 0 0%
Buy a new frame/wheelset and swap those components 6 33.33%
Sell that thing and buy some new cutlery 5 27.78%
Suck it up, junior! 7 38.89%
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Old 06-29-10, 12:30 AM   #1
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What would YOU do?

I'm moving to a new city this fall and I'm taking at least one bike with me. I have a mid/late 90s specialized stumpjumper comp that, while I can ride it, is not set up for commuting. Don't get me wrong, it's a great mountain bike, but it's too small for me on the road, doesn't have eyelets for fenders or racks (though that hasn't stopped me from using p-clips), etc.

Enough of what it doesn't have... here's what it does have: nice components. Nice brakes, nice levers, nice derailleurs, nice cranks - the whole shebang. I know that if I leave it here, it will just rot in the old man's garage, which would be a shame, so I'm weighing my options (feel free to add to them):

  1. Let bike rot in old man's garage
  2. Buy a new frame/wheelset and swap those components over
  3. Sell bike for not a whole lotta money
  4. Suck it up, junior
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Old 06-29-10, 07:02 AM   #2
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For now, go with what you have now.

When you get to your new location things are going to be different. You may find yourself wanting to do a different kind of riding than what you have in mind today. Your mountain bike might suit you perfectly in the new location. Even if it doesn't, you'll have a better idea of what to buy.
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For now, go with what you have now.

When you get to your new location things are going to be different. You may find yourself wanting to do a different kind of riding than what you have in mind today. Your mountain bike might suit you perfectly in the new location. Even if it doesn't, you'll have a better idea of what to buy.
Works for me. Leave it in the garage until you're settled, then decide what to do. My brother and i left a Volkswagen Beetle, half-converted to a Baja Bug, in our dad's garage for 18 years. He finally finished it himself and drove it around for a year before somebody stole it (it was sort of cool seeing a 60-year-old man ratting around the Silicon Valley in it...).
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Wow, dead heat.

Obviously now I can't decide.
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I'm moving to a new city this fall and I'm taking at least one bike with me.
What other bikes do you have? Maybe one of those bikes would be better as a commuter.
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I have a 70s ccm single speed w/ a coaster brake, and I just rescued an early 90s canadian tire mountain bike from the dump; will take some work to get that thing going but the frame actually fits me.
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My favorite bike of all times was a late 90s Rockhopper. Spoon some new street tires on it, yer good to go.
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Works for me. Leave it in the garage until you're settled, then decide what to do. My brother and i left a Volkswagen Beetle, half-converted to a Baja Bug, in our dad's garage for 18 years. He finally finished it himself and drove it around for a year before somebody stole it (it was sort of cool seeing a 60-year-old man ratting around the Silicon Valley in it...).
My sons are grown now and have homes of their own. I'm in the market for some rusty old cars that leak oil. I'm going to park one in each of their driveways. I don't get mad I get even.

Uh - what's your dad's email address?
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My favorite bike of all times was a late 90s Rockhopper. Spoon some new street tires on it, yer good to go.
Oh believe me, it has slicks on it. It's just too small for me, and is consequently uncomfortable. C'est la vie...

I had a hardrock as a kid that, try as I might, could not be destroyed. Now THAT thing had some mileage. Purple and Maroon... ooo baby.
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If it doesn't fit you can either sell it, or strip the frame and sell off or reuse the components on a frame that fits. FWIW both my kids left their college bikes here. I sold DD's (per her request) I still have DS's...but I can ride it

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