So, I'm in the process of converting my "city bike" Diamondback Sorrento to a "touring-ish" bike. Currently it sits as pictured here:
Was going to throw on a new rear rim (current is dented nicely), a set of road bars, a new saddle, pedals with SPD on one side and flats on the other, a better light, and some 1.25" slicks. The road bars are the issue right now - it has grip shifters on it which will NOT fit the slightly wider road bar diameter. So I'm stuck picking a new shifter. I already have brake levers for it so I don't really want STI shifters, and I want something cheep. Bar cons are rather expensive and there aren't really 7 speed indexed versions. I was looking at Sunrace SLM2T thumbie shifters, they are cheap and seem like they'll do the job. Will these fit a 23mm road bar grip area? Can I put them near the ends of the bars to make them poor man's bar ends?
If there are other suggestions for shifters I can get for <$50, I'm all ears.