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Old 02-06-14, 07:48 AM
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I've got a 2008 FCR3 that was my first bike when I got into cycling, and I've done what you're contemplating to change it into a fast commuter. You'll need bars, shifters, and a doo-hicky called a "Travel Agent" (one per wheel) to correct the brake pull to use the stock V-brakes. I also swapped out the stock 11-32 cassette for a 13-26.

Check with your LBS for used shifters. I found some old RSX eight speed shifters for a triple that work perfectly for $50. No reason to swap out the derailleurs, they work perfectly.

The bike has eyelets for for front and rear racks and fenders. It'd make a good touring bike as well as a commuter.

I recommend going no farther than this. If you want a road bike for fast rides, you'd be better off finding a used Trek 1.x or Specialized Allez or something similar. It'd be cheaper and better suited to the task.
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