General Cycling Discussion - Drop bars wide enough to hold straight bar hardware?
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06-25-07, 11:05 AM
For a hybrid bike, originally with straight or riser handlebars, are there any road bike drop bars that the straight part in the middle would be wide enough that all the original hardware could be mounted there? Bars with a sharper initial L-turn would be good. I don't care about brakes on the lower hand position.
Essentially one would still use the upper straight part of the bar as the main position like a hybrid (for shifting/braking,) but have the lower position as an alternative.
All the ones I've seen are to narrow for this to work, but I got the idea because I've seen some variations in width (just not enough.)
06-25-07, 11:49 AM
I don't know about length on the flats of a road bar, but many hybrid bars are not the same diameter as a road bike's drop bars. If you plan to simply move the existing brake levers from a flat bar to drop bars you should check diameter before you buy the drop bars.
06-25-07, 03:13 PM
I think the easiest way to do that would be to use clip-on drops at the ends of a flat bar. If necessary, you could shim them to fit the diameter and you wouldn't even have to mess with the brake hardware.
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There used to be a drop bar called the Dirtdrop. Maybe you can search for that, though I don't recall the company name. Anyway, it is sized for mountain bike components.
06-26-07, 02:43 PM
Drop bars are wider in diameter than MTB/hybrid bars. To do the conversion you'll have to buy new controls. I have seen drop bars in smaller diameters that seperated in the middle to take flat bar controls,but they were well over $100.
My advice,go with a trekking bar. You'll get more hand positions than a drop bar,you'll be more comfortable getting aero because your wrists will be flat,and you'll be able to use your stock controls. REI carries the one that came on my Safari(they actually call it a safari bar) for only $20.
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