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    Road shifter/mountain der for Bianchi Project 5

    I was gifted an early 90's Bianchi Project 5 (one of the first 29er-esque bikes made). It has a nice lugged cro-mo frame with flat bars and friction shifters. It has an Alivio 7 speed der in back and I'd like to fit it with drops and put some cyclocross tires on the 700 wheels to make sort of a poor man's cross bike.

    The two options I'm considering are moving the thumb shifters to the top of some older drops I have and putting on some road levers or buying a cheap 7 speed brifter off eBay (I know the old stuff isn't cheap but there is a Sora version bouncing around for about $35). What are the errors in my thinking? Other options that would work better?

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    Should work with either a 7-speed Sora or RSX brifter.
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    Thanks Dan

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    A Project 5? any pics? you don't see too many of those. It may be heavy for compitition cross bike but for a cross bike to run around on it should be a good bike.
    Bianchis '87 Sport SX, '90 Proto (2), '91 Boarala 'cross, '93 Project 3, '88 Trofeo, '86 Volpe, '89 Axis, '79 Mixte SOLD, '99 Mega Pro XL Ti, '97 Ti Megatube, , '90 something Vento 603,

    Others but still loved,; '80 RIGI, '80 Batavus Professional, '87 Cornelo, '86 Bertoni (sold), '09 Motobecane SS, '98 Hetchins M.O., '09 K2 Mainframe, '89 Trek 2000, '?? Jane Doe (still on the drawing board), '90ish Haro Escape

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