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Advice . best handlebars for fixing up a city beater
Maybe this is not the right forum for this, but the bike I'm working with is from the 80's, so it's kinda on topic. I'm going to fix up a bike for someone who lives in a city where bike theft is problematic. The person has a history of heavy drinking, so I'm going to fix up an old Westpoint dept. store frame w/26" road tires, but I'm not sure what to do about handlebars. The bars on it currently are bmx style bars w/10-speed brake levers mounted to the tops. Sorry I don't have pics, but it's currently a bum bike configuration. I could put regular road bars on it, or keep the current bars and put some strait levers from an old 3-speed on it or put a rusty set of northroads/cruiser type bars I have laying around. The rider is in his 30's, and not so physically fit, partially from age, partially from hard living. I'm tempted to go with the rusty 3-speed bars just to maintain an upright riding style, but keeping the current bars could be ok too. Any thoughts? I don't want to make the bike nice, it's only value should be the ability to take a person from point A to point B. It shouldn't even look like it's worth trading for a 40(oz), of course I can't control what happens to it once it leaves my possession. I do think I'll either fit it with an old bent-up wald basket or a crappy rack, but I'm not sure which, the person says they'll use it for transportation to and from work. I do want to make the bike as safe as possible. It will be given with a cheap cable lock and a helmet. Any advice is welcome.
*edit* oh, also the bike is missing the shifters. I will likely fit it with stem shifters because that's what I have laying around, or if I get lucky I'll be able to salvage some crappy falcon thumb shifters... in any case it will be friction.
Last edited by BigPolishJimmy; 07-16-10 at 07:54 AM.