Converting Mtb Bike to Road Bike?

Discussion in 'Road Cycling' started by Bill Henry, Jul 26, 2005.

  1. Bill Henry

    Bill Henry Guest

    I've got a 2004 Gary Fisher Marlin sitting in my garage. I bought it
    new, thinking I would go mountain biking on a regular basis. Well, that
    never really panned.

    I've been thinking of getting a road bike for my fairly short rides
    around town and on paved surfaces. But then it occurred to me that I
    might be able to convert the bike to something of a road bike. I have a
    few questions, though.

    1) The tires are 26", but I would want to add some road slicks. Do I
    need to get new tubes to do this? Will the current wheels work?

    2) Can I (and should I) add road handlebars? If so, will they work with
    the current stem and/or braking system?

    3) The heavy suspension fork isn't going to be necessary. How do I go
    about looking for a road-type fork? Will most forks fit with my
    headset, etc., or do I have to be very specific what I'm looking for?

    I have some decent mechanical skills and am something of a gearhead, but
    don't have a lot of experience working on bicycles.

    Of course, the other option is to just sell the damn thing and buy a
    used road bike. But I like everything else about this bike so that kind
    of seems like a waste. Plus, this sounds like more fun.

    Thanks for any tips.