OK, I have a mad idea. Does someone want to talk me out of it?
My daughter currently rides a Beinn 20 and loves it. A month or so ago I purchased another Beinn 20 on a whim as I saw a fairly battered one on Gumtree selling for £100. My original thoughts on purchasing this was that it would be good to have a spare bike at Granny's for when we go down on the train. My thoughts on this have now change however as "Granny" is now talking about downsizing so may not have the space to permanently store the bike.
My daughter would like to move to a drop bar bike (like Daddy) but is currently a little small for the move up to the Islabike Luath 24. A thought occurred to me after seeing a listing on eBay for Luath 24 drop bars and shifters (someone had converted a Luath to a flat bar?!?!?!), that I could convert the spare Beinn 20 to a drop bar version.
Is this totally crazy?
I think that the planned build would require and cost the following:
Drop Bars/Shifters = £10.00 (already purchased)
New Cables = £10
8sp 20" Wheels = £50
8sp 11-32 cassette = £10
8sp rear derailier = £20
So I would be looking at ~£100 to convert the spare Beinn 20 to a drop bar bike to see if my daughter would actually like riding drop bars. I don't think I would lose any money on it as I should be able to convert back and sell the Beinn and parts for what I paid (or more).
Does someone want to talk me out of this before I embark on this crazy mission?
Or if anyone wants to encourage me, are there any considerations that I may not have considered?