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Mtn Bike to Commuter....(5 posts)

Mtn Bike to Commuter....callthedoctor
Nov 7, 2002 10:24 PM
I have a older MTN bike that I'd like to convert to road use so that I can commute....

My Trek roadie is too valuable to lock outside, so I thought I would convert my 10 year old Mongoose IBOC.

I'd like the cheapest options....I know I'd need some slicks, but I'm more concerned with some drop bars and shifters....

What are some of my options? The derailers are older Shimano 8-speed Deore XT's....will they need replaced to go with roadie shifters?


Thinking EBay might be of some service, eh?
re: Mtn Bike to Commuter....commuterguy
Nov 8, 2002 8:31 AM
How long and over what kinds of roads/trails will you be riding? I would use your mountain bike unaltered for a while, then see if I needed to change things.

Certainly, if you are going to leave the bike outside, particularly in an urban environment, I would keep the bike as inexpensive as possible, consistent with safety.
FWIW, I agree--it might work fine as it is.Silverback
Nov 8, 2002 8:39 AM
I've commuted partly on an old Bridgestone MB for years (also use a singlespeed and a beater road bike), and I'm with commuterguy--don't do anything yet. You don't necessarily want drop bars (sitting up a little straighter lets you see the traffic better), and the thing already HAS shifters, so there's no hurry there. I'd spend my first $40 on slicks and the next $20 on fenders, then see what else you need. My round-trip commute is 22 miles, and it's an easy and comfortable ride on any of the three bikes.
re: Mtn Bike to Commuter....laffeaux
Nov 8, 2002 10:56 AM
If you have bar ends you might be comfortable enough without making any changes.

If you decide to go with a drop bar, all you need is 8-speed shifters, and a new bar and stem. The bar diameter of a road bar does not match a MTB, so a new stem will be needed. Also the length of stem is probably quite different for the new bar (you most likely will want a shorter stem with drop bars).

The shifters should shift the bike fine as long as you can find 8 speed shifters. On a ten year old bike I assume that you have cantilever brakes, which also work fine with road brake levers.

Good luck.
re: Mtn Bike to Commuter....jrm
Nov 9, 2002 7:37 AM
Drop bars and kelly takeoff shifters would work real well. Then all you'd need issome 1.0" slicks or town tires.