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Any suggestion about this bike?(9 posts)

Any suggestion about this bike?Polar
Dec 31, 2002 12:00 PM
I would like to know what I should do to make my mtb bike ride like road bike. I know the best way is buy a new one but I want to save some moneys for tuition.
Not hard to do--I commute on a similar bike.cory
Dec 31, 2002 12:17 PM
Purists are going to post warnings about how this won't work, and they're right--for them. You probably wouldn't want to do centuries on it. But I converted a Bridgestone MB-3 to a commuter years ago, and I've ridden as far as 70 miles on it.
First thing to change is the tires. Get a set of high-pressure (at least 75psi, 100 would be better) non-knobbies in 26x1 to 26x1.5. Something around 1.4 works best for me, but I weigh 225 and I like big tires. They'll go on your present wheels, though you may need new, skinnier tubes.
Everybody makes those tires, and I can't feel much difference. I have Michelins on mine now, but I've used Specialized, Tioga, Ritchey, Performance and Nashbar. They're all fine; don't pay more than $15 or so a tire.
That may be all you need, depending on what you want to do. You've already got drop bars (they're not a huge advantage around town, by the way). Check your stem length to be sure you're comfortably stretched out, but don't get too far down. Personally, I have my bars higher, level with the seat, so I can see around me in traffic.
For what it's worth, my times on my Bridgestone on an 11-mile one-way commute are only a minute or two slower than on my road bike.
Dec 31, 2002 1:11 PM
lock out the fork or at least screw in preload all the way to minimize bobbing.

FWIW I also recommend Specialized Nimbus EX tires, they are virtually flat-proof and great for mtn. bike commuting. Nashbar usually has them, or else the Specialized website. 26" x 1.5 size.
Second the Nimbus tires. Light and nearly bulletproof nmDERICK
Jan 1, 2003 9:59 PM
re: Any suggestion about this bike?MR_GRUMPY
Dec 31, 2002 12:44 PM
If it fits, wear it. The only sugestion that I might make, is that you need thinner tires. Get some cheap 26 X 1 1/4 rubber. You will notice the difference. Bald is best, but just a little tread is OK.
Sweet looking bikePODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Dec 31, 2002 1:55 PM
Any problems getting the STI to work with your mountain bike front and rear derailleurs? As another post said when the snow goes away get slicks. It'll make a huge difference.

Sweet looking bikePolar
Jan 1, 2003 11:18 AM
STI is working great with deore RD and XTR FD. Also, I do change the cog to DA 11-23.
change your gear ratiojkalla
Dec 31, 2002 3:12 PM
Get rid of that granny gear and switch to a road cassette. You don't need those low gears on the road.
Those rear cogs don't look that big to me....rwbadley
Dec 31, 2002 4:10 PM
I would just leave it till it wears out.

Looks great, throw on a rear rack or fender and call it good!