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.
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.
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.
+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.
Straight outta the SF Bay
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.