How can i turn this into my commuter bike?

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by andyfromotley, 12 Jun 2008.

  1. andyfromotley

    andyfromotley New Member

    Otley, west yorks
    And is it worth it?

    Got it of the local tip and its sound. Need a new commuting bike but am a bit skint so got me thinking. What do i need and how much to turn this into reasonable commuting bike. Wish list includes

    • flat bars
    • 'trigger' gear change
    • mudguards
    • rear pannier
    • New bakes?? (Has road type brakes on)
    I like the idea of an 'nexus type' gear but am assuming too expensive?
    Realistic? Expensive>

    thanks andy
  2. palinurus

    palinurus Guru


    Is there actually anything wrong with it? or is it a case of a bit of air in the tyres and off you go?
  3. RedBike

    RedBike New Member

    Beside the road
    Just the rack and panniers. Although I would switch the back wheel for a track wheel and make it a fixed wheel bike.

    There's quite a few complications with the gearing. Although switching to a flat bar and using v-brake levers shouldn't be a problem. (Although the v-brake levers will have the wrong pull so your brakes will be even worse!)
  4. OP

    andyfromotley New Member

    Otley, west yorks
    Nope nothing wrong with it its a bueaty, just feel it needs altering a little to make it practicle for my fairly long mixed commute.

    Its twelve speed, wheels could probably do with a bit of a true, other than that its fine.

    Fixed no good for me, too far and varied.
  5. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    Tyres, tubes, mudguards and you are off....... get rid of the shite spoke guard on the rear wheel though !!!

    Looks like a Reynolds tube set from the badge near the shifters.... other than that looks OK..

    I hope not steel rims - if they are then get new wheels as you can't stop steel rims in the wet !

    That looks like a Selle Itallia saddle - well comfy but the white finish doesn't last....
  6. Turn the bars over, re-install the brake levers and slice the bars off just above the top of the lever body. Insert the bar end plug and re-wrap. New cables, new (synthetic) blocks. Neither the rear mech nor freewheel will index so don't bother trying, just leave the shifters there until you can locate a pair of old skool friction thumbies on steel band clamps which you can mount under the brake levers (with longer bolts as drop bars are a bit thicker). New tyres, tubes and rim tape. Leave the mudgourds till later in the year.

  7. If you bring it to the workshop one evening I'll charge you trade price on the parts and beer for the labour.
  8. 4F

    4F Active member of Helmets Are Sh*t Lobby

    Get a decent set of tyres and some mudguards and the jobs a good un.

    Down tube shifters are not a problem and I ride my 12 speed 1970 / 1980 dawes with sachs huret gears and weinman brakes for 5000 - 6000 miles plus a year.

    You have a perfect cheap affordable bike and if nothing is broke and you are skint why chuck money at it ?
  9. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Well, you can, but it takes lots of swearing and occasionally the use of your feet too... :biggrin:

    I'd echo the other comments - looks plenty good as is, to me...
  10. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member

    Wot Mickle said...
    My Raleigh Clubman came like that, it looks kinda cool, like bullhorns. I saw a guy in central London with his commuter set up the same. I was seriously tempted to keep it the same when i rebuilt it...

    You end up with it looking like this...
  11. hubgearfreak

    hubgearfreak Über Member

    spot on idea. search for sram 7. they're good and turn up cheap enough:becool:
  12. OP

    andyfromotley New Member

    Otley, west yorks
    I like I Like I Like

    Mickle you are a star, i will pm you with my details

    Thanks andy
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