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Old 05-29-07, 02:11 AM   #1
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Adding drops to a Bianchi Milano

I've done some reading.
Some people say it's not possible to do a full conversion, because of the nexus shifter.
I'd probably need to get custom brake cables (rear needs to be replaced anyway...).
Is this a worthwhile project?
I'm at >18 miles/day RT, 5 days a week going to class, plus work, groceries, etc. Love my Milano, but sick of riding with flats.
Any help appreciated.
Thanks!
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Old 05-29-07, 04:27 AM   #2
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It can be done, but it's going to be a little difficult. The Milano has a combo shifter/brake lever. If you get a separate shifting unit you can attach it to the drop bars using a HubBub. So you're going to need two brake levers, a solo Nexus 8 shifter and the HubBub, in addtion to the drop bars and maybe recabling.

http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/bianc...os8/index.html

Is it worth it? That's up to you. But maybe first trying bar ends will be cheaper. Or maybe an Albatross/North road handlebar.
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+1 to experimenting with bar shapes. Keep the shifters and look for a bar that's more relaxed than a drop bar, allowing you to mount those mountain-style shifters. Look at On-one's shapes - people love them. There's always the mustache bar, too.
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Old 05-29-07, 10:31 PM   #4
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Hey all,

I'm currently installing a Nexus "red band" 8 to my Bianchi San Jose and I'm retaining the storck drop bars. I also didn't want to use the hub bub adapter for a couple of reasons: cost and the look. My solution is using a mtb bar end clamped on the flats of the drop bar and attaching the shifter to that.
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