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    drop handlebars

    hey, i want to install drop handlebars on my bike, but i have no idea how. i also have different parts from the road bikes, like mountain bike brake levers and sram 5.0 grip shifters. can i install it with the existing components or do i have to buy new stuff.
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    You'll need new shifters and brake levers. One combo would be drop brake levers and bar-end shifters. Another would be integrated brake/shift levers ("brifters").

    Think the rear derailleur matched to your 5.0 grip shifters will only be compatible with SRAM brifters (don't think they made an 8-speed though). You could always switch the rear derailleur out to a Shimano to widen your options.

    Another consideration is brakes. If you have V-brakes, you'll need to 1) get brake levers meant for these V-brakes; there are only a couple out there (you won't be able to use brifters), 2) get an adapter for the V-brakes, or 3) switch to cantilever brakes.

    The cheapest option--if all you're looking for are the drop position for part-time--might be some drop add-ons I saw at my LBS. I imagine you'd want a shorter MTB bar for it (ie, cut your existing one).

    What bike are you wanting to convert?

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    I ddi the same conversion to an old MTB a year or so ago but there were two differences: 1) I did know what I needed to do and 2) I had almost all of the needed conversion parts already in my inventory as take-offs from other bikes that had been upgraded in the past.

    If you are starting from scratch and need all new parts, this can be a costly conversion. Buying a good used complete road bike might be less expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JiveTurkey View Post
    You'll need new shifters and brake levers. One combo would be drop brake levers and bar-end shifters. Another would be integrated brake/shift levers ("brifters").

    Think the rear derailleur matched to your 5.0 grip shifters will only be compatible with SRAM brifters (don't think they made an 8-speed though). You could always switch the rear derailleur out to a Shimano to widen your options.

    Another consideration is brakes. If you have V-brakes, you'll need to 1) get brake levers meant for these V-brakes; there are only a couple out there (you won't be able to use brifters), 2) get an adapter for the V-brakes, or 3) switch to cantilever brakes.

    The cheapest option--if all you're looking for are the drop position for part-time--might be some drop add-ons I saw at my LBS. I imagine you'd want a shorter MTB bar for it (ie, cut your existing one).

    What bike are you wanting to convert?
    actually its a 9 speed.
    i guess ill get the bar ends. is there any shops/websites that have them? or ebay cuz i saw one on ebay
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    wait would these mtb drop handlebars wurk?
    http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...&category=1678
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    Quote Originally Posted by darksmaster923 View Post
    wait would these mtb drop handlebars wurk?
    http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...&category=1678
    I don't think they'll work with your current shifters and brake levers. Flar/riser bars have a 22.2 mm diameter; whereas drop bars have 23.8 mm (not counting the stem clamp diameter, which is generally 25.4 mm and 26.0 mm, respectively, though there is also oversized 31.8 mm for both).

    The bars might be a good setup with road brake levers and bar-end shifters.

    But, like another said, you might just want to save up and get a road bike or cyclocross bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JiveTurkey View Post
    I don't think they'll work with your current shifters and brake levers. Flar/riser bars have a 22.2 mm diameter; whereas drop bars have 23.8 mm (not counting the stem clamp diameter, which is generally 25.4 mm and 26.0 mm, respectively, though there is also oversized 31.8 mm for both).

    The bars might be a good setup with road brake levers and bar-end shifters.

    But, like another said, you might just want to save up and get a road bike or cyclocross bike.
    oh well.....i would like a road bike but i cant afford one anytime soon(like 9 years lol)
    so ill use the drop bar ends but i have no idea where to find them
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