I bought a used Brodie Ocho a few months back for a good price. I added a rack and fenders -- commuted for a few weeks. I could not get used to straight bars for any length of time.
I ordered a Jtek shifter based on good experiences with a couple of Shiftmates with the thought of converting to moustache bars. My local LBS owner let me test ride his bike with moustache bars -- did not like them at all.
So I ordered Cane Creek Drop V levers and FSA Omega shallow drop handlebars and waited.
Last week, I took the bike in and got it all installed. Here are a few pics of the new cockpit:
The Jtek shifter is smooth and has a nice positive shifting action. A real winner.
I still need to find a high rise stem because the headtube on the frame is a little short for my tastes. The bars are about 3 inches below the seat with no steerer showing, so I need a high rise stem.
I also added my Brooks B-17 Imperial black saddle and a Truvativ seatpost.
The handlebars are a real winner for commuter use. The brake levers and mechanical discs work great. I need to get used to a bar-end shifter but for an IGH with only 8 choices it seems workable.
I can't wait to put it through the paces next week, but it looks like a solid commuter setup.
Now all I really need is to save up for a Steelwool Tweed frame and I'll have the ultimate commuter. The Brodie Ocho cost less than the sum of the parts, so I am not too attached to it. But we will see.