I posted this in the roadie forum as well but I know there are some guys over here that are really good when it comes to bike geometry that may not get over to that side much so I am hoping the mods will overlook the double post, if not feel free to delete it...
Hey guys, I got into riding a few months back and figured I would be doing mostly mountain biking with a little bit of road riding here and there. Turns out that I was completely backwards from what I actually am doing, I ride almost 100% road at this point.
I am a bigger guy at 6'1", 235lbs so I am not sure your average road bike is going to be strong enough for a guy like me (perhaps you guys can tell me different if I am wrong).
Knowing what I know now about my riding style I probably should have either bought a road bike or perhaps something more cyclocross oriented like the Kona Jake
What I did buy however was a Kona Shred
I am going to try and see if my LBS will hook me up on a possible trade in but incase they won't (and afterall they are under no obligation to as it was my own fault for buying the wrong bike) would there be any way to make this bike ride more like a road/cross bike?
I was thinking maybe a longer stem and set back seat post to stretch me out a bit more and a set of drop bars to allow me to lean in more along with adding a third chain ring and changing the tires out for slicks or semi slicks.
Is this feasable to do or would I ruin the geometry of the bike and make it unrideable by trying to make it more roadie-esque? If it will work what would swapping out the fork for a Kona Project Two TB (as seen on the Jake) fork do to the geometry?
Thanks guys, I apreciate any help I can get.