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Upgrade(8 posts)

Nov 11, 2001 5:25 PM
Opinions wanted. In the Winter I ride a mountain bike on the road. This is a 7 year old Giant with a Cromolly frame, rigid fork. The components are worn and need replacement. I am thinking of putting about $400 into this frame. I will do all the work myself, including the wheel building. The Group will be Shimano LX. Does it pay to fix the bike, or better put the money towards a new bike.

Why not?Rich Clark
Nov 11, 2001 7:52 PM
Is this bike ever used for anything else but road riding? If not, that $400 plus whatever you could get selling the Giant would get you a long way towards buying a real road bike, especially a clean used one.

There's nothing wrong with a MTB with slicks for road riding, except that it'll be heavier and slower and less comfortable on long rides.

Cyclocross and touring bikes in particular make fine all-round, all-weather road bikes for non-competitive applications.

Why not?Daniel
Nov 12, 2001 6:03 AM
I guess I did not make myself clear. I already have a road good road bike. This bike will be used in the Winter on the road.

I think the point was..muncher
Nov 12, 2001 6:11 AM
That for the money you could go well towards a winter road specific bike. If not, just throw some slicks on the MTB and do enough on the components to make it ridable, and save some money?
Why a MTB?Rich Clark
Nov 12, 2001 8:31 AM
I guess the question is why you feel you prefer a MTB for winter road riding. Under what conditions would you be riding this bike? In snow, in the rain, on ice?

I can see wanting an MTB if you get a lot of snow where you ride. Back in Chicago I used to put studded tires on a cruiser for winter riding. Here in Philadelphia I don't bother with anything special; if it gets sloppy I ride my rain bike, which is a touring bike with cyclocross tires and fenders. There are few enough days where there's actually ice and snow in the street that I can stand not to ride then.

So it comes back to that you have $400 and a frame, which you can "trade" for either a used MTB with new components and wheels or a used road bike.

To me, the decision would be based on what I want to ride.

Note To Daniel:Lone Gunman
Nov 12, 2001 11:52 AM
I bought my cromoly KHS MTB, Manitou fork, limited travel rear triangle elastomer, new for $400 2 years ago. It has some LX stuff on it, I would shop around for something new. Got this one from nashbar outlet store when it was still in biz. Original retail was $799, the bad part is I hardly ride the damn thing and I bought it because I had moved to an area that did mostly MTB riding and I was looking for an op to meet local riders. I really should ride it more, I doubt that it has 25 miles on it.
Okay, how 'bout this then....Ahimsa
Nov 12, 2001 8:24 PM
Take your old winter MTB, buy a studded front tyre for 'er, go get yerself one a those Surly singleator thingies, and since ya plan ta build the wheels, you can make a set of dish free jobs with a real nice chain line.

A spot of new paint, nice new brake pads, lose the xtra rings, get a cheapo new seat, grips, and some snazzy decals and you'll be bona fide! All for chump change if you can shop it up.

Single speed saves you dough for components, easy maintenance, you don't need the gears in the muck anyway, you'll build legs, and you'll have a cashy "new" cruiser to boot.

Who's lookin' out for ya, eh?

A. (Void if you live in a really high altitude mountainous region.....or you'll need BIG legs....; )
Sell itStraightblock
Nov 12, 2001 12:24 PM
and put the money with the $400 you were already planning to spend into a new mountain bike. You should be able find a closeout at the LBS or online with decent components and a suspension fork and have a better bike than trying to upgrade a 7 year old winter beater. You won't get the money you spend on the upgrades back out of it when you eventually sell it , so why not treat yourself to a new ride?