Besides riding bikes since I was a kid, I'm a newbie when it comes to the mechanics of a bike. Hoping to convert a Trek Mountain Bike (that was given to me) to a bike that I can use for long distance riding on streets. I recently purchased an affordable Schwinn road bike which does the trick, but I'm looking for something more comfortable and why I'm considering the conversion.
As part of the conversion, I think I'd like to do the following:
- swap the suspension forks for non-suspension
- get road friendly tires
- swap the handlebars for something taller (I think they're called riser); back hurts with the current ones
- swap the seat out with something more comfortable
- swap pedals with standard non-cleat style pedals
I'm also on a budget, but I don't want to sacrifice reliability or comfort for cheapness. Any suggestions on parts and tips for doing the actual swaps? By the way, I'm pretty handy and pretty much do all of my car repairs. I just don't have much experience working on bikes and just like everything, I know there's tips out there that I should be aware of before jumping into it.
Thanks in advance! Here's pics of my bike: