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Looking for a bike for road riding and touring (possible conversion from a MTB?)

Old 09-13-12, 07:31 PM
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Looking for a bike for road riding and touring (possible conversion from a MTB?)

Your level of experience with cycling:

I have been cross country mountain biking for about 4 or 5 years now. I have been commuting and going on some longish (10-40 miles) rides on my mountain bike (Cannondale M1000)
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What's your price range, and have you considered second hand?

I am certainly considering second hand. In fact, I rather expect that I will be buying through ebay or Craigslist. I have a hard upper limit of 500 and would really prefer the bike to be under 400 dollars

What's your intention with the bike - commuting, fitness, touring, sport, etc? How far will you be riding, and how often?

I am hoping to expand my fleet so that I can have a bike for each of my needs. For commuting, I am just looking to get an old beater from Craigslist so that I can put studded tires on it for winter and not worry about it getting exposed to salt etc.

I hope to also get into road cycling as part of my regular fitness routine and do some short bike touring (2 or 3 day trips at first). Eventually, I am hoping to do a long tour (either Continental US E-W or (and I know this is a pipe dream) Africa N-S). Riding conditions: roads, pavement, trails, single-track, off-road? Flat or hilly? Traffic and weather. Primarily paved road and some off-road. I definitely plan on riding through hilly terrain. I am no fair weather cyclist; especially when I will be touring. Your location (even approximate) can help other locals familiar with your conditions, too.

I was considering one other option. My current mountain bike is a hard tail and a bit too big for me. I didn't know too much about bikes when I bought it and it is still a great deal. The main issue is that when I hit steep bumps etc, the top tube sometimes comes too close to comfort to certain parts of the male anatomy. This is both because it a size too big and the top tube is horizontal, rather than slightly angled downward (like this).

At any rate, I was thinking about taking the frame from my mountain bike (see picture by clicking on the link) and putting on a road bike fork, wheels, and butterfly or dropdown handlebars. I would then take the money I would be spending on the road/touring bike on a new mountain bike that would fit me better. However, I don't know whether the frame geometry of my current mountain bike would not be conducive to road riding or touring. Also, I don't know whether this conversion would even be feasible.

I don't have any particular bikes that I am looking at now, as I am still saving money for this purchase. However, is there anything I should be particularly looking for in my new bike? For my desire to do road cycling and touring, is there any particular type of bike I should be looking at? And, is the conversion from my current mountain bike to a road bike possible/advised?



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What's your local craigslist? Can you get email on your phone? you're going to have to be quick.

if your cannondale has disc brakes you could also run road wheels on your existing frame.
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"The main issue is that when I hit steep bumps etc, the top tube sometimes comes too close to comfort to certain parts of the male anatomy."

You're doing something wrong - if you are going down a steep hill you should have your butt over the rear tire and not between the saddle and the handlebars. Also, based on how high your saddle is, you would have to bend your knees a ridiculous amount to end up on the top tube while riding.

If that is your normal saddle position, then the bike is not too big for you, If anything, it might be too small.

There are lots of threads about putting drop bars on mountain bikes, the bottom line is that it is way too expensive and not really worth it. If you want to use the bike for mostly road duty, then just put a rigid fork on it and some slick tires. Don't swap the wheels or handlebars out. Your budget is too small to buy a decent bike, so just use that money to make improvements on the one you have. If you want to go touring, then use the money to buy racks and panniers.
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