I am riding an old MTN bike as a trainer on the road. I have fenders and skinney almost-road tires it has a 7-speed XT shimano drive train - real old. No suspension. I put a straight block cluster in place of the MTN cluster and it's great, fabulous. It, for some reason, has 170mm cranks so it doesn't feel like I've been dancing in wooden shoes after 4 hours. But, to get to the point, I miss the road drop bars on longer rides with this bike and I was considering converting the bike to be more road-like. HOwerver, the shifters are integrated with the brake levers with a "stupid-fire" decal on each unit perfectly describing the result. I was just thinking how I could take the retro Cinelli aluminum bars that I have sitting in the garage as we speek and place them on the stupid-fire bike. Do I have to replace the levers and shifters as well as get a new stem? The bike is old and has 1 1/8" threaded fork. The bike looks great, by the way, with grimey old black road-stained components, shiney new black fenders and a crapped up black paint job with black tape over any evidence of commercial brandism and deacalism. Anyhow, I am tempted to just slap the bars on and then see how the stupid-fire units sit when I wrap them onto the road bars. Has anybody done this? If so could you tell me about your experiences? You might save me alot of work for nothing and keep me from continuing to convince the neighbors that I am truly weird because I take apart and then re-assemble one of my three bikes every week or so without seeing a need. No effect is apparent either. I love my $100 bike as much as my $2K bike. This web-site is great, BTW.
PS - I am not interested in bar-end shifters.