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Old 10-31-07, 04:31 PM   #1
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updating '95 Bianchi Advantage

I recently dug my dad's Bianchi Advantage from the garage. It's maybe a 1995, but is basically brand new. It's gone maybe 10 miles total. Nice bike, but I hate how "Sunday cruiser" it feels. I was hoping to use it this winter so as to not ruin my nicer road bike in crappy weather. So, what do you all suggest for changing it up? It has huge riser bars with grip shifters (which I hate). So I guess basically, any suggestions on smaller flat bars (I ride in the city so wide is no good), and also how would I make the switch from grip shifts to rapid fire or something like that? I am OK at doing basic wrenching on my bike. is this above my level though??

oh also, it has older center pull brakes with the yoke wire. Should I consider replacing those with newer brakes??

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You need to think about the money you're going to spend on this. The only viable upgrade i've seen is a flat bar with no rise.

Why change out the shifters? Or the brakes? They work fine right?
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true...

i've never done something like that though. obviously I will need a flat bar. will i also need a new stem? the one on there no has a really high angle. And as far as the mechanics of it all go, I would assume that if I put a flat bar on which will be lower than the riser on there now, it will mess up cable tensions for both the brakes and shifters??

thanks for any advice.
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If you want a lower position than flat bar provides you'll need to change out your stem. I doubt you'll have to recable unless it's as really drastic change. At most you may have to shorten your housing and readjust cables.

Does your Bianchi have an adjustable stem?
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