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    Swapping out a straight handlebar for drops/brifters on a 2011 Jamis Coda Sport

    What would need to be purchased in order to achieve this goal?

    In my head, I'm thinking I'd need to purchase some drop bars with brifters that are compatible with the Coda's drive-train, correct? Would it require anything else?

    I purchased the Coda two weeks ago to replace the '79 Schwinn World Sport that I used to get into cycling. The straight handlebars on the Coda are uncomfortable... I find that my wrists begin to hurt after about six miles.

    I had my Schwinn serviced recently (keeping it as a guest bike/beater) and took it for a ride to see what difference it made. I went twelve miles without any discomfort in my wrists (I ride the hoods most of the time).

    Am I just being a wuss about the straight bars? Do I need more time to get used to them? Should I drop $20-30 on some bar ends before going nuts and replacing stuff?

    Any guidance/advice is appreciated.

    Thank you!

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    This has been dealt with hundreds of times on these forums. Do a search. The jist of the discussions always come down to:

    1. It will cost several hundred dollars - briftes alone will be $200 or $300
    2. Most brifters are not compatible with direct pull (V) brakes, so you need to add either a cable-pull converter or switch to centre-pull cantilever brakes
    3. The front derailleur will need to be changed for a road-compatible one as the indexing in the brifters will not work properly with the MTB style FD

    Swapping to drop bars is not the only way to change your position, and the bars are not the only or most likely cause of the problem you described. If you do decide to change the bars, drop bars are not the only option. Trekking, butterfly, north road bars all come to mind as alternatives.

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    Thanks for the info!

    Do you think that possibly swapping in a bullhorn bar would help with my issue?

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    What about a Jones bar, you could keep your existing components, and gives more hand options, Titec do cheaper licenced versions of the orginal.

    Another alternative is to change the grips to somthing like the Ergon grip, plenty of similar options from Specialized, Bontrager and others to this as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fumoh View Post
    Thanks for the info!

    Do you think that possibly swapping in a bullhorn bar would help with my issue?
    Without seeing your bike and/or your position on the bke is is difficult to give a specific recommendation on how to make it work better for you. Most bullhorn bars are made to fit with road brake and shift levers, IIRC, so you still might have significant expense.

    If you think having multiple hand positions will help with you problems, then a set of bar-ends should be the first thing you try.

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