As summer approaches, I'm strarting to collect parts to convert my 2006 Marin Lucas Valley to drop bars.
I'm currently using it for a 34 mile round trip commute. The only changes I've made from stock is some freddy fenders, OURY grips, lighting, computer, and slightly longer bar ends with bar tape on them. Oh... and Nokian W106 tires for the winter riding.
The reasons for the conversion are as follows:
- I'll be doing 50+ mile rides on Saturday and/or Sunday mornings this summer.
- I'll be doing my 34+ mile round trip commute approximately 3 times a week this summer
- I'll be participating in some century rides this summer
- I'll be participation in a cross state charity ride this summer BRAN (Bike Ride Across Nebraska)
- The only thing I don't like about the bike is my hands seem to always hurt
- I like to tinker
So I'll be putting some big miles on the bike this summer and I think drop bars will be a better option for me at this point. I'll keep the flat bar stuff so I can reverse things a later time if I want to. Who knows, maybe I'll switch it back to flat-bar during the winters.
The parts I've ordered are as follows:
- Bar tape
- Dia-Compe 287-V Linear-pull drop bar levers
- Shimano 8-speed barcons
- Somewhat light drop bars (take-offs from the LBS)
Now for the questions.
Do I need new cables for the brakes?
I think the shimano barcons come with cable housings. Will they be long enough to do cable routing all the way up to the stem under the bar wrap? Ergo-style?
How about the cables that come with the shifters. Will they be long enough if I do an Ergo-style routing?
I am planning to replace the rear derailleur with a long cage Ultegra rear derailleur at the same time. Will the Ultegra shifter be more or less maintenance than the stock Sora shifter? Does it make sense to replace the rear derailleur?
Any reason why I should OR should not convert from 8-speed to 9-speed at the same time and just get a 9-speed indexed set of barcons instead? I've thought about converting but couldn't really come up with a valid reason to do so.
Is there any reason why I should switch the stock linear-pull v-brakes for Shimano XT of Avid equivelants? I've had a hard time adjusting the stock ones and the tech at the LBS said that those stock brakes are a quite a bit harder to work with and adjust compared to the better shimano and Avid stuff.
Any gotchas or suggestions that I should keep in mind as I make the conversion? I'll be doing most of the work and I'm not highly versed in bike mechanics.