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Trek Road bike: semi-conversion help needed

Old 07-26-10, 10:20 AM
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Trek Road bike: semi-conversion help needed

Hi all, as you can see by my join date I'm a bit of a noob on here, but I've done my best to read around and checked the stickies etc before posting this.. I apologize in advance if this is the wrong forum, or it has been asked before..

Anyway, like a lot of people in the UK recently I picked up a bike through the Cycle to Work scheme's that are currently on the go (has this scheme opened the floodgates to as many clueless noobs as I think it might have? )

Being that I knew nothing past bikes past how to ride one from being a kid, I didn't really know what to look for in the way of bikes - and I think I got stung in the shop a bit as I don't think the bike the assistant recommended really suits my needs.

So long and short of it: I've ended up with a Road bike when I think either a hybrid or a mountain bike would have been more my cup of tea.

I've got a Trek 1.2 https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/road/1_series/12/

What I'm looking for is some info on if it's feasible to start work on partially converting to something more akin to a hybrid? I understand that if I want to go whole hog and do a full conversion I'd want to look at breaks, the seat, the gears etc etc - But I think my needs are more basic. I just want to have the *option* of cutting across bits of grass, maybe experience a little less disruption when I go across cobbled streets...

I'd like to know how feasible it would be to simply swap the wheels to something you'd normally find on a mountain bike? I can handle the road gears, and the brakes are old school pad breaks rather than disc breaks... In my head, this all sounds quite easy and straight forward (remove thing racing wheel, replace with mountain bike wheel) - but I've just got this feeling that there's something I'm missing, and was hoping some experienced cycle heads might be able to give me some advice..
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Old 07-26-10, 10:33 AM
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Tire clearance would be an issue to think about. I would wager you could fit 25 or 28mm tires on there, or even tyres if you prefer. That would smooth things out a bit. If you want to go switching the bars you'll need new shifters and brake levers which will cost you. If it's still in good condition you may consider selling it and getting yourself a cyclocross bike.
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Old 07-26-10, 01:17 PM
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i would just ride it for a while and if you still don't like it, sell it and buy the bike you want. even for those who know a lot about bikes, a conversion is no walk in the park and it will be much more expensive than selling the roadie and buying a hybrid.

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Trek dealers guarantee 30 days, if you are not happy with your bike you can exchange it for another. Has it been more than 30 days? Go trade it in for a FX 7.3, or 7.2.
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Originally Posted by superNoid View Post
Trek dealers guarantee 30 days
not so sure this stands in the UK. never heard of it anyway, after 2 years part time in a trek dealer LBS
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You could get flat bars, 9 speed shifters, and mountain brake levers and call it a hybrid. You'd also have to redo your cables. You may also want bigger tires, though I'd imagine the biggest you could fit are 700x28c.

You may want to ask for a refund from the LBS or sell it to buy a hybrid. Changing the bike to a hybrid is okay, but not ideal. Also, if you wanted to sell the bike, it probably loss value from the conversion.
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