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    Hybrid vs. mtn vs. ten speed bike

    Hello all! My first post here.
    I'm just kinda getting into this. I'm up to around 20-25 miles on roads riding my mountain bike. I barely ever ride it on trails. I have scored this pretty cool old Raleigh 10 speed. It needs a little attention.
    My wife has a pretty nice road bike but I hate riding it.
    I'd like to get my mileage and speed up.
    Is it Worth investing into the 10 speed? Or should I just convert my mtn bike to a hybrid?

    The wife's road bike that I hated riding



    My mtn bike. I have gut really comfortable on it.



    The 10 speed


    And just for giggles my 68 stingray

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    If I were you, and this is only opinion, Keep riding the mtb but invest in a set of "street" tires. Less mass and less rolling resistance equals more speed. Unless you can already push the biggest gear for all 25 miles. Then dial in the Raleigh for use. Dial it in anyway, of course.

    And spiff up that stingray, put it on the wall. And pain your bug. Unless it's a rat-rod. And clean up your room!

    Welcome aboard, Kulprit!

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    Ha! The bug won't get painted unless it gets wrecked. The Schwinn matches it. I bought it to sport on the roof rack. And yea, the garage needs cleaned. I got to much stuff in it.
    But back on topic, what you suggested is about what I was planning.
    I never change the big gear on the mtn bike. I leave it in the hardest. But I do change the smaller one.

    As for what else is in the garage...


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    theres the stingray up top

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    I want that Beatle!

    I'd say build up the old 10 speed into a nice hybrid. Flat bars, 32c tires, comfy seat, updated running gear. It looks like you are the kinda guy that is pretty handy with the wrenches and enjoys a good garage project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EvilWeasel View Post
    I want that Beatle!

    I'd say build up the old 10 speed into a nice hybrid. Flat bars, 32c tires, comfy seat, updated running gear. It looks like you are the kinda guy that is pretty handy with the wrenches and enjoys a good garage project.
    That's why I took the bike. It was thrown out for trash. Looked to nice and like it might be fun. But I've never wrenched on bikes so this is new to me.

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    That mtn bike is bone stock. If I wanted it put street tires on it what size tire could I get away with without having to buy new wheels.

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    Why don't you like your wife's bike? What makes it uncomfortable? That might answer a lot of questions as to whether or not you should build up that raleigh.
    Punctuation is important. It's the difference between "I helped my uncle, Jack, off a horse" and "I helped my uncle Jack off a horse"


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kulprit88 View Post
    That mtn bike is bone stock. If I wanted it put street tires on it what size tire could I get away with without having to buy new wheels.
    According to sheldon brown:
    Quote Originally Posted by http://sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html
    A general guideline is that the tire width should be between 1.45/2.0 x the inner rim width.
    but there are some people who go down to almost 1x inner rim width or 1.15x anyway.
    Punctuation is important. It's the difference between "I helped my uncle, Jack, off a horse" and "I helped my uncle Jack off a horse"


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kulprit88 View Post
    But I've never wrenched on bikes so this is new to me.
    It's a bicycle not a jet engine. I never had either but i am a boat mechanic by trade. Trust me, you'll figure out. Just use the forum for anything that you can't. Lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by himespau View Post
    Why don't you like your wife's bike? What makes it uncomfortable? That might answer a lot of questions as to whether or not you should build up that raleigh.
    I didn't like where the gear shifters are, I didn't feel stable on it. And the tires were to thin.
    Mainly the gear shifters and handle bar configuration though.

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    Just some thoughts about building up the raleigh. Where your wife's shifters are allows you to keep your hands on the brakes and the shifters at all times. If you didn't feel stable that way, you'll probably feel even less stable with the raleigh where you'll have to take your hands off the brakes to shift (assuming you keep the same bars, shifters). Similarly, have you looked at the clearance between the current tires (maybe use your wife's wheels) and the fork/brake calipers? Is there room to put wider wheels? If not you'll not feel any more stable. Just some things to consider before you sink any cash into something that won't work for you. The frame does at least look bigger if part of your problems with your wife's bike resulted from being on a bike that was too small.
    Punctuation is important. It's the difference between "I helped my uncle, Jack, off a horse" and "I helped my uncle Jack off a horse"


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    I think I'm going to scrap the idea of the Raleigh. Simply get new tires for my mtn bike. If my needs exceed what the mountain bike can provide I will cross that bridge later.
    It might be all a concept I just would have to get use to riding the road bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kulprit88 View Post
    I think I'm going to scrap the idea of the Raleigh. Simply get new tires for my mtn bike. If my needs exceed what the mountain bike can provide I will cross that bridge later.
    It might be all a concept I just would have to get use to riding the road bike.
    I think this is a good idea.

    I'm sure that the raleigh would build into a decent bike, but to modernize it and make it into something that you're really enjoy wouldn't be cost-effective... especially when you may not even like the end result (which is dependent on how well the frame fits your body).

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    You might be able to make a couple of bucks from the Raleigh, but, if you want to explore that type of frame in the future, you're probably better off trying one that's in your size and ready to go. Tends to be much less investment that way. Better yet, if you can rent one from a local lbs or borrow one from a friend for even cheaper. Whatever you do, give it a couple of days to really give it a fair chance. Until you decide that your current bike is truly limiting you, your plan of just getting slick tires sounds like a good plan. One thing I forgot, can your suspension fork be locked out so that it doesn't do anything? That might save you some energy that might be wasted in bouncing if you really don't need the suspension on the roads you travel. It'll still have weight (that could eventually be replaced by a rigid fork if you felt the need), but it might be a different thing to try.
    Punctuation is important. It's the difference between "I helped my uncle, Jack, off a horse" and "I helped my uncle Jack off a horse"


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    I'm not sure if it can be locked but I have it set firm.

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    It seems like the mtn bike idea is lugging around allot of extra weight for no benefit on the road. Unless have a pot hole problem worse than down town Mosul in your area.

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    I think the slick tires on the mtb might actually work for you. I don't mean to sound disrespectful, but if you gave the road bike a chance, you would probably get use to the "unstable" feel. When I got my road bike, it took me several hundred miles before I felt comfortable riding in the drops. Hybrid bikes come in a variety of styles, some that are more like road bikes and others more like mountain bikes. Perhaps test riding a couple of hybrids would help you determine if you would like a invest in a hybrid or just put slicks on the mountain bike.
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    For now I am going to go with slicks on the mtn bike. In a while if I feel the need to change i will consider purchasing a road bike.
    Yesterday I locked out the front shocks and had my best ride to date.


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    I am embarrassed to reveal my lack of tech savvy, but could you explain the device and application you have tracking your ride and displaying the results so plainly? I have a garmin gps but it doesn't do anything like this (as far as I know).

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    That's a app on my phone called strava. You can even turn off the data and just use gps. Then upload it on wifi. It's awesome.

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