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    Quote Originally Posted by lancito brazofuerte View Post
    That's going to be one expensive commuter. The biggest issue is disc/rim brakes. This frame was designed as a balloon tire cruiser with a coaster brake. The frame itself wasn't designed for discs/cantis/rim brakes. If you could find someone to fabricate and weld disc mounts, the sheer cost would probably be in the hundreds. Then add on the cost of front/rear disc systems, new hubs, wheel builds.... well you get my drift.

    I think your best option is to get a couple of your dedicated commuter pals to go with you to a LBS that either specializes in or does a lot of commuter bikes. Ask lots of questions, discuss your current goals along with your future goals for commuting. Use your friends as soundboards and take everyone's advice with a grain of salt. The type of commuter bike I ride and would recommend will be very different from what you have in mind.

    Do a bunch of research on bike styles/makes/models. Make a list of features you must have, want, and don't care about. Look at materials- steel, aluminum, titanium, etc.

    Ride a bunch of different ones, borrow your friends' bikes, see what works and doesn't.

    If you like the upright riding position, there are dozens of makes and models to choose from.

    Good luck
    Thank you for the information... I think it's wise to leave the bike as is and invest in a commuter/city bike instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 83(b) View Post
    I agree with the others that it'll be both difficult and not cost efficient to upgrade your existing bike.

    But if what you're really looking for is a very upright city bike, I'd recommend checking out BicycleSPACE and/or The Daily Rider.

    Daily Rider carries Bobbin, Pilen, Gazelle, Linus and a few other makes that would probably be a very good fit. BicycleSPACE has a few of those models, plus Pashley . I think Capitol Hill Bikes also carries Public, which can also be ordered online if you're comfortable servicing it yourself or have a good relationship with a shop that just doesn't stock the type of bike you want.
    Awesome list to research... Thanks so much. I've had my eye on a pashley but did not know where to get in the northern VA area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chic_n_Sporty View Post

    I was hoping to utilize it before considering a new bike purchase.
    To fit in here, you'll need to adopt the mantra that the ideal number of bikes to own is N+1, where N = the number of bikes you own currently. As a corollary, buying a new bike is always preferable to repurposing an existing bike, in accordance with the N+1 principle.

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    If you're looking for a cruiser-style bike for a commuter, maybe the Trek Allant is appropriate?

    My wife loves hers (even though she doesn't ride much after foot surgery). The bike is kind of heavy,
    but she can still keep up a good pace!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoWheelsDC View Post
    To fit in here, you'll need to adopt the mantra that the ideal number of bikes to own is N+1, where N = the number of bikes you own currently. As a corollary, buying a new bike is always preferable to repurposing an existing bike, in accordance with the N+1 principle.
    Haha... love that mantra and currently do indeed live by it. Unfortunately, I'm running out of space inside (no garage currently) so I was looking to re-use the cruiser in the meantime. I'm currently 4 bikes in so I suppose it's time to round out to 5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebubar View Post
    If you're looking for a cruiser-style bike for a commuter, maybe the Trek Allant is appropriate?

    My wife loves hers (even though she doesn't ride much after foot surgery). The bike is kind of heavy,
    but she can still keep up a good pace!
    Thank you.. I'll add that to my list of bikes to research.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chic_n_Sporty View Post
    Thanks for the welcome! Part of the problem is the body style, my trek does not have the step through nor the chain guard. It's a great bike but more for my fun and fitness needs
    I've commuted the last few years on a step through bike with roller brakes (hub brakes popular outside the US), chain guard, upright ride and the like. Bikes like theses are out there, but hard to find. Check out Bikes For The Rest Of Us blog for where to get some ideas.

    You could probably put a three speed coaster brake on it for $100 or so, but I agree that it's probably not worth it.

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