If this thread is duplicate I apologize, but I don’t think there’s an active thread for 650b conversions and such.
Since covid, I’ve been riding my bikes as a primary form of transportation, and they’ve done well enough, but having a only a track bike and a vintage racing bike, I want something a little more practical for shitty roads, carrying stuff, and city riding in traffic. I was originally going to do a 650b conversion on the road Merckx, but it seems silly to put $500 into a $1500 bike that doesn’t fit me perfectly or have braze ons when I can just sell it and the track bike and buy or build exactly what I want.
I’m trying to decide between a brand new gravel bike or a 650b conversion 90s road bike. From the reviews I’ve seen, gravel bikes tend to have longer wheelbases which is a dealbreaker for me (tiny apartment, lots of traffic). Snappy geo is a high priority. What should I do? I’m willing to spend what I can recoup from selling my other two bikes, about $2000. Inspo pics appreciated.