Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: St. Paul, MN
Bikes: Cannondale CAAD9, Ritchey Breakaway Cross, Nashbar X-frame bike.
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Check out my handlebar setup
So, I started a while ago with a flat-bar Fuji Absolute road bike for my commute. A while later, I was ready for drop bars (I was feeling the need...the need for speed!), with the wind refuge and extra hand positions they offer.
But, how to do this on the "cheap", since brifters cost quite a bit? I posted a number of questions regarding bar-cons, Kelly take-offs, etc. A lot of people offered some really great advice, but then an epiphany of sorts hit me: I work with expert aircraft aluminum technicians. Why didn't I think of that before.
The ingredients? One Specialized Body Geometry drop bar, 25.4 mm clamp (that wasn't easy to find!). Dia-Compe 287v brake levers, and my Shimano R-440 FLAT BAR road shifters, sized for a 22.2 mm diameter bar. Give shifters and case of beer to aluminum technicians for preparation, retrieve them, then mix ingredients well.
The end result, while not as irritatingly ergonomically perfect as brifters, is quite suitable for my needs, and cool, to top it off. I know that some of you out there have made some pretty Franken-tastic bike and handlebar setups, and this isn't nearly so "extreme"...but I think unique, attractive, and quite functional.
What do you think?