Convert trek 2.1 road bike to commuter

Discussion in 'Commuting and Road Safety' started by reedol, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. reedol

    reedol New Member

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    I need to convert my road bike to a commuter and don't really know where to start. I want to change my handlebars to the mountain bike/ town straight bars. Obviously I'll need new shifters and brake handles. How should I go about doing this, and what do I need to buy?
     
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  2. JTE83

    JTE83 Member

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    Above is my 2007 Trek 2.1 SPA modded with Jandd Commuter Pannier and a Burley Alternate Hitch which connects to a Burley Nomad. With this setup I can grocery 140 lbs worth of stuff. I once groceried about 12 Sunkist sodas this way.

    Keep your road bike handlebars!

    I think I used a Journey Axiom rack that's 100 lbs capable.
     
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    maydog Well-Known Member

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    Why spend all that cash to convert a road bike to a straight bar? By the time you are done, you could have purchased a decent fitness/commuter bike.
     
  4. KD5NRH

    KD5NRH New Member

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    More to the point, what do you think you're gaining by going to a flat bar? If you want to be more upright, raise the bars a bit. If you need more mounting space for lights, etc. without giving up the tops, the Topeak bar extender will only need an inch or so of your tops, and Nobs will let you use handlebar mount lights down on the forks.
     
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