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Converting MTB to cruiser. Can it be this simple?

Old 03-29-19, 03:29 PM
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Converting MTB to cruiser. Can it be this simple?

I'm not in to riding the exciting trails anymore so I'm hoping to convert my cannondale trail 4 to something closer to a cruiser. Can I simply drop the seat height, replace my seat with a well padded comfort seat, and then switch out the grips for some ergon gp3's? I'd hate to ditch a decent bike just to buy a cruiser for upright, comfortable cruising.

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put some cruiser bars on it. lowering the seat will make pedaling inefficient and uncomfortable rising bars will be better.

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Old 03-30-19, 09:31 AM
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In particular look at swept back bars like some pictured here. That will move your arms back a bit and allow you to sit more upright. https://www.blueheronbikesberkeley.c...handlebar-post
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I added brush horns to the ends of my bar and tightened them in a more upright position so that when my back starts aching on a long pavement ride, I just sit up and grab the horns for comfort. The ones I have mounted clear into the end of the handlebars and have more of an angle then the link here, but you'll get the idea. Good luck.
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Modded my old Rockhopper with North Road bars, road tires, fenders and kickstand. Great bike!
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I'd only drop the seat height if your legs got shorter, ( or you put on super long cranks)
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Individuals seem to react differently to dropping their seat from the "optimal height". My wife is sensitive to about 1/4", maybe less - it has to be perfect, then we never move it, while I can drop the seat a couple of inches with no problem other than I know it's less efficient. I know that it should induce problems with my knees, but it doesn't. So if I don't need to be efficient, I ride with the seat lowered at times.
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From mountain bike to upright coffee shop/winery bike!

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