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Old 04-23-07, 04:30 PM   #1
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Handbar conversion-Cannondale


Hi, I ride an '86 63 cm Suntour Cannondale road bike. I am getting too old for the handlebars and am considering putting on a straight bar, new brake handles and moving the gear shifts from the frame to the handle bars. Does anyone have experience with this change and how did it go and what parts you used?
I use the bike for a 10 mile road only r/t commute, running errands.
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It shouldn't be too hard. Get a stem and bar combination you like. Get a set of MTB style brake levers, which will work on caliper brakes. As for the shifting, I'd go with a single chainring setup for the crank, no need for a front shifter unless you have a serious hill or two on your route. A friction type thumb shifter would be sufficent for the rear shifting, or a trigger indexed shifter.
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If you don't like the low handlebars, another option would be to get one of the adjustable stems which allows you to raise your existing handle bar to a much higher level and a more upright riding position.
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It's not as easy as it seams.

Currently you use the friction shifters on the down tube.
You can move them to the stem:

You can buy a pair of bar end shifters:


I don't know if integrated brake/shifters from a mountain group will work with your old derailleurs.

Though, derailleurs can be found cheap.

You should consider the flat bar diameter is to be compatible with your stem.

The cheapest method is to buy a tall stem like Nitto Technomic

and add bar end shifters. Also, you need new cables, for bar ends you need longer ones, for tandems.
With the higher handlebars you can ride in a more vertical position.
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Thanks for comments

Hi, am planning a trip to the LBS to see what fits the configuration I am considering. A 3 inch taller stem(and 1 inch rearward) and figuring out how to move the shifters onto the new stem would possibly do me fine.
Plan to check a few website this p.m..
Thanks again, Roper
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If you want to do a trade, I have the parts from a 6 speed suntour equiped cannondale MTB. I could use the road parts for a touring frame I am picking up. As long as my levers would work with your brakes, I think you'd have everything you need if you bought a pair of these: http://harriscyclery.net/itemdetails.cfm?ID=1737

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Hi, thanks for the thought. I did not know moving the shifters could be such a big deal. I am thinking a Nitto stem and letting the LBS move the shifters. I am not a good bike techie and do not want to toast a really good bike. Thanks, Roper
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