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?