I've been a commuter for a few months now after mountain biking for lots of years. So flat bars seemed just fine when I started this new biking life. Now I'm convinced, partly by many of the suggestions in these forums, that I *need* drop bars -- especially because I'm starting to ride further and further and my hands are going numb!
Here's my question: I've got a Trek 7200 FX (specs are here: http://www2.trekbikes.com/Bikes/City...0_FX/index.php), and I'd like to know if it's viable to swap out the flats with drops. If so, what is involved? What do I need to buy -- shifters, brakes, stem? What should I consider as a commuter / tourist when selecting new bars. I notice slightly different shapes and widths, and I'm not quite sure what to make of the differences. And is this something that I can tackle in an evening or two at home, or should I bite the bullet and ask the LBS to do it?
The budget for this is somewhere between a couple hundred bucks and a new bike. The wife thinks I'm nuts for wanting another bike already (and for how much I talk about the stuff I learn on BF). Is it worth trying to make this bike into a touring bike? I'm happy with how solid the frame seems and I'm happy with the maintenance on it so far, but I'm early on in this touring thing and I don't want to waste time and money trying to cobble something together.
Thanks in advance for your tips!