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converting roadbike to commuter bike(10 posts)

converting roadbike to commuter bikestinkfoot247
Jun 6, 2003 4:17 AM
would it not be possible to buy a regular road bike
Put some fenders and a rack on the back?
In the May 2003 issue of Bicycling it recommends a 1,600$ frame and fork commuter bike styled like a road bike.
I don't have that kinda money. AND I DON'T WANT A SS BIKE!!
Absolutely, just look for eyelets near the dropouts.dzrider
Jun 6, 2003 4:30 AM
Many bikes have them and they make adding a rack + fenders easier. I'd also recommend the following

a used bike that you don't worry about taking out in the rain

fat enough tires to be more comfortable and more flat resistant

lights that live on the bike year-round

down tube or bar end shifters that function with next to no adjusting

pedals with toe-clips and straps that you can use without cycling shoes
eyelets or buy some zipties. nmSteve_0
Jun 6, 2003 5:35 AM
One of the most fun things you can do to a bike.Spoke Wrench
Jun 6, 2003 5:05 AM
I think that figureing out how to adapt a bike to a special use is one of the most fun things you can do. Handlebars, gearing, tires, just do whatever rows your boat and if you decide you don't like it, change it back.

Now think about all of the lies you've ever heard about various bike components and accessories. The biggest lie of them all is on fenders where it says "Fits any bike." Plan on spending a whole rainy Saturday with every tool that you own when you get ready to install your fenders.
I find they go on pretty quick...dzrider
Jun 6, 2003 6:08 AM
but you spend forever trying to keep them quiet!
If you want to buy one new...Gregory Taylor
Jun 6, 2003 6:03 AM
...they are called "touring bikes", and there are a ton of them out there. I have a Bianchi Volpe that I use as my SUV/bad weather hack. I bought it for about $600 bucks a few years ago. Robust Shimano RSX 100 components, plenty of space for fenders and larger tires, more braze-ons and eyelets than you can shake a stick at. You can do anything with this bike. Heck, I even raced it in a 'cross race a while back.
or a cross bike...Frith
Jun 6, 2003 7:19 AM
I'll be buying Surly Cross-check for all around commuting/touring/winter/rain/cyclocross near the end of the summer. It has rack and fender mounts. excelsports.com has Ultegra equiped ones for $1250. They can be had with other builds for around $800-$1000
Bingo. Even better. (nm)Gregory Taylor
Jun 6, 2003 7:22 AM
mangusta?andy02
Jun 6, 2003 6:55 AM
I have a mangusta (sp?) from the late 80's that makes a great commuter! I bought it from bicycle trader (I think that is the name) in downtown Raleigh for really cheap! They got from somebody that must have never used it because it has been a great bike for several years with no real work done to it. I don't do anything to it and haven't for 2-3 years, I just jump on and ride no matter what the weather is.

I do wonder has anyone ever heard of this biKe company??? I think it was made for a BMX company in southern CA?
Isn't Mangusta Italian for Mongoose?Silverback
Jun 6, 2003 8:50 AM
Mongoose (the OLD Mongoose, like 15 years ago) was big in BMX and built some early, decent-quality mountain bikes. My first MB, about 1984, was a 'Goose. I think they made (had made, more likely) some roadies in the late '80s under the Mangusta name.