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Location: Fort Collins, CO
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Converting an '82 Lotus to 'cross.
So I have a mountain bike. A carbon road bike. And then the ol' Lotus which I use to commute to and from school. After school I go home, switch to the Giant road bike, and head off to work at the bike shop. Obviously, working at a shop, I have an advantage for cost.
Anyways, looking for the cheapest/decent way to convert to a cross bike. I can get some cheapo kenda tires for about $10 each. I'll do that. Now, currently, it is a 6 x 2 speed with stem shifters. Old suntour components. Has non-functional RSX shifter/brakes, which only are used as brakes so I can ride on the hoods.
Here's what I would like:
New drivetrain, keep crank.
Now as everyone knows, a new drivetrain with STI/Doubletap/Ergo is not cheap. I could do Sora, which would be the cheap way out, but still fairly expensive. I would have to get a new rear wheel. There IS a 9 speed freewheel, now, but I would assume its junk. (Made by falcon I believe?)
Anyway, on a very limited budget (I'm 16, paying off the Giant, and putting money away for college), what is the best way to go about doing this?
Originally Posted by rjones28
Are they talking about spectators feeding the cyclists? You know, like don't feed the bears?