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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, '90 Campione del Fausto Giamondi Specialisma Italiano Mundo, '91 Boarala 'cross, '93 Project 3, '86 Volpe, '97 Ti Megatube, , '90 something Vento 603,

    Others but still loved,; '80 RIGI, '80 Batavus Professional, '87 Cornelo, '09 Motobecane SS, '?? Jane Doe (still on the drawing board), '90ish Haro Escape

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