or road and hybrid, ha ha ha.
i took my hybrid commuter specialized expedition sport and put some drop in 2 scott bars on it. not being a good planner, i didn;t think through lots of things i really didn;t even know to check so it took a bit to get it back on the road. it runs and runs so sweetly but is ugly. i need to get some more fitting brakes on the bars, some bar tape, some racks, and some rear brake cables. i also need to find some mountain bike stem shifters because the ones i have now i had to "modify" to fit around the extra large diameter stem on my hybrid. they used to be for a very thin stem. i also have a bmx brake lever running only the front brake at this time.
all i know is i am able to enjoy riding with my 9 year old again. we ride all over the place, not just on the paved surfaces. today we followed some sand trails along the bay and the old road bike would have not made it.
you can see how much my son likes it
other side shot
you can see how i had to "modify" everything.
the brake lever didn;t want to fit so i had to find a bit longer bolt to put it on. i had to stretch out the mount point on the shifter lever to make it fit, the sun tour was not going to fit at all, i tried. the cables required me to cut some sheaths out of a box of parts i picked up at a garage sale and then thread all the original cables through them because the cables that came in them were not long enough to fit this bike. i had to safety wire my rear brake assembly in place so it would not pop open while riding and hook my leg, until i get proper brake levers on the bars.
the friction shifters i used worked out sweet!! i have never messed with lacing a bike up so i just undid all the old cabling, laid it off the side, and ran the new stuff and then adjusted the shift mechanisms. the front one required two adjustments to get it perfect and the rear only required one. the stem mounted levers move everything effortlessly and the chain doesn;t go past the gears or try to pop off either side. it is like a wide tired super light version of my antique road bike, ha ha ha.
oh ya, here is how the hybrid started life: