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Finding a Good Candidate MTB For a Drop Bar Conversion?

Old 09-09-19, 09:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Unca_Sam View Post
Just keep the center chainring and lose the other two, derailleur, and shifter? Or add a new crank? If it's a value build, it's not likely to be the latter.
I am using the original crankset on my Rockhopper 1 x 7. I flipped the BB spindle and use the outer ring position.
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Old 09-09-19, 11:50 PM
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Originally Posted by due ruote View Post
You might be able to trim a bit of weight by going with a 1 x drivetrain. 6 or 7 gears is plenty for most commuters unless itís really hilly, and simplicity is good for maintenance and for keeping the rider focused on traffic.
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I just sold a Miyata Trail Runner that I built up from a frame and fork at the Bike Exchange. If you are looking for a superbe candidate for a city bike this fits the bill. It has a Lugged double butted Cro Mo frame and fork, with Forged dropouts complete with adjusters. I fitted it out with 1.75 x 26" street tires , trigger shifters for the 3 x 7 drive train and 2" riser bars. All up the bike, which is a extra large frame, weighs 30 lbs.
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Ryan's Rebuilds: N+1? 1986 Miyata Trail Runner Lugged Steel Mountain Bike
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Why not an old touring bike? I see decent inexpensive 80's and 90's tourers for sale fairly often. They're light, have good brakes, relaxed geometry, will usually accept larger tires than a regular road bike and have rack and fender eyelets. I snagged this '85 Voyageur last year for $100, it needed the tires aired up and the chain oiled. I saw a LeTour Luxe of the same vintage with cantis and the front and rear Schwinn approved Blackburn racks for $100 this year. It wasn't quite as nice but for $100 it was nice enough. If I hadn't already had this one I would have grabbed it, it was on CL for almost a month.

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Just an update. I found my niece a 15" Trek Multitrack 720.

There are several numeric and alphanumeric codes on the bottom bracket shell. The alphanumeric code that appears to be the serial number indicates that it may be a 1994 model.

My primary concern was finding the right size bike for her which this one is. Anything else would be an extra. Shimano Altus does the job but isn't outstanding. Having a rear wheel with a freehub was a pleasant surprise because the other bikes I looked at on Craig's List had Shimano Megarange freewheels.

It turns out that she was never keen on getting anything with a drop bar and is happy with this handlebar.

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Originally Posted by estasnyc View Post
Just an update. I found my niece a 15" Trek Multitrack 720. It turns out that she was never keen on getting anything with a drop bar and is happy with this handlebar.
A thing that many shade-tree bicycle mechanics tend to overlook.

When meeting people looking for new bicycles, I've found a very common issue is that they "don't feel right/don't like their bicycle." When their bicycle is presented, I've almost always found the culprit to be a poor fit, and usually too big. While a number of mechanics and C&V are cognizant of this issue, there are still a ton of people who think that any height range outside of 5'8" - 6' (average height of white male) is "for a super tiny person" or "for a giant."

I've solved many comfort issues with a "realistic" fit: a shorter stem with more rise/more stack height, and no drop bars. That's right. I think drop bars are stupid for the average consumer.

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Get her a good mixte.
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