Not really sure where this thread belongs, but, I'll start out here.
Last year I bought a trek 520 from a guy at work. I used it mostly for commuting with some weekend rides, but, unfortunately, I'm just a tad too big for it, so, when I came across an opportunity to buy a trek 1200 from a different guy at work who is just about my size, I jumped on it.
So now the old 520 is sitting, mostly collecting dust. I am trying to ignite the cycling spark in the OL as the 520 should fit her nicely, but, unfortunately she would rather play human gerbil on her treadmill as she watches QVC so she can buy more crap!!
Last week, I noticed a trek 720 on craigslist. It was listed (I think) as a mtb or hybrid.
I am fairly sure that the 720 model designation means it's a roadie. I just figure someone threw a set of straight bars on it and called it a mtb/hybrid.
This got me to thinking that maybe I ought to consider doing the same thing. I'm not looking to go single tracking or downhill crazy $hit. I would just like something to ride along the gravel rails to trails with my kids.
I would think that a longer steering tube and a set of straight bars, shifters and brake levers ought to do the trick. I even have a couple of tag sale junk bikes that might serve as donors for such parts.