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    MTB to Commuter suggestions...

    After just a couple of months on this old Gary Fisher, I'm thinking of getting a new bike and making this a commuter, around town bike. New tires for sure, new fork?, any other suggestions...thanks!
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    Road triple. I got a cheap 105 triple for my '96 Kona Cinder Cone commuter -32/42/52 I believe.

    You need more than MTN gearing and you dont need a MTN granny

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    My suggestions: rigid fork, slicks and lights. Then you're ready to go. Nice bike, have a blast!
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    what gary said... i'll add that fatter tires will smooth out the ride vs skinny slicks...
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    agreed get some nice fenders so you can/will ride in the rain.

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    ditto what ^^^ guys said, plus maybe change to a road cassette 11-26 or similar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary the No-Trash Cougar
    My suggestions: rigid fork, slicks and lights. Then you're ready to go. Nice bike, have a blast!
    +1 but in the other order. Lights, slicks then fork. Possibly pedals - they don't look too grippy but whatever works for you. Just ride it for a while and then you will figure out if want anything else.

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    I'm saying go SS, rigid fork and big apples. Call it even after you get a front and rear rack on.

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    Thanks for the suggestions guys...ok. SS (Single speed?) might be nice...rigid fork, least expensive? Big Apples???

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    Nobody mentioned a rack. It isn`t absolutely necessarry since you can get by with a backpack or messenger bag (and some people prefer to carry on their backs), but I find it much nicer to strap my load to the bike.

    For tires, I`ve heard good things about the Big Apples, but I have yet to find them at a price I`m willing to pay. My favorite are Serfas Drifters- I use 1.5 on my commuter, but they offer fat ones too.
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    I only have experience with fatty rumpkins and a couple schwalbe tires. Even though they are expensive, they never seem to wear, so that is somewhat of an offset.

    I prefer a backpack to racks. Just easier to commute on different bikes with a backpack, and it easier to get around off the bike with a messenger bag....

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    Tires: yes. I hear Schwalbe's Big Apple is a great, fat, not-quite-slick tyre. Not cheap. My LBS has Bontrager Hank in stock. Think I'll give them a try.

    Lights: definitely, if you ever ride in low light conditions

    Fork: maybe, I don't think you need suspension on pavement.

    Fenders: if you ever need to ride when it is wet, you'll love them

    Racks: depends on what you want to carry.

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    Rigid, SS (magic ratio), 1.5" slicks, SPD pedals, and whatever it takes to make it comfy - new saddle, different stem, bars, etc.

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    If your bike can take it and it rains 24//7 where you live then I'd highly recommend discs, but don't go daft and buy Avid Codes or Shimano Saints!

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    SS ...... heh - no chance where I live - since the op seems to entertain the idea, I'm guessing he has inconsequential hills ........ my whole city is hills, I use my std mtb gearing and am thankful !!! Agreeing with the lights and slicks suggestions, for starters ..... oh, and a good lock (or a secure place to store the ride)

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    Surly Instigator Fork
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    Fenders, Lights, etc.

    I don't have fenders OR lights but I also commute ~1 mile a day (round trip). My bike geometry is similar to yours (late 90's Trek 7000).

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    My thoughts on mountain bike commuting.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1XJiRfKCDo

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