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Old 03-28-09, 06:45 PM   #1
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Drops for the hybrid

I got lucky and found another bike fanatic who had tons of decent project bikes and misc parts.

Turns out an old Ross 10-speed had the drops I needed with the correct diameter I needed and I wound up mounting the rapid fire shift/brake combo units in position so that the levers were right where they should be for drop bars. Surprisingly the thumb and forefinger shift paddles work just fine. I had to replaced the cables and housings partly because the lengths changed due to the new positioning. Some might think the cables up front are a bit ugly. I taped the bars with hockey tape for now. Tomorrow I'll tweak the cable adjustments; stem and seat.

Now I have a hybrid with suspension fork and seat post that also sports drop bars. Pretty cool. We'll see if it stands the rigors of commuting ...
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This thread totally needs pictures. I'm really interested to see how this bike looks.
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Old 03-29-09, 10:45 AM   #3
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I love the idea. I feel like shifting would be a PITA. No?
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Interesting. I have at times wished for a road bike with a front shock.

I can run a 700x32 at 60psi on my cross bike but then I get more rolling resistance and the front end's shock absorption is still only so good.

that being, a 700x23-25 @ 110psi with a front shock would be an interesting compromise.
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(replied to OP thread in the bicycle mechanics section)

i have the same bike with a different name//color, and it is my first bike with a suspension. i run 700x28 125 psi tires, and it rolls very very well. it has gotten to the point where i do not notice the front end, but it does make we wonder what a hard fork would feel like with those tires on a daily driver
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I've got 700 x 35 slicks. I crank them up to their max only 85 but they are nice and hard. I tightened the front fork as much as possible but it still has some give. It needed to be tightened because it was annoying me that it would dip when I came to a stop. It seems just right now, especially for commuting. I should try it on a paved 60 mile rail trail I know.

The shifting seems fine in my parking lot. Up and down with both hands and the same fingers as before. I just can't see the display showing what gear I'm in but I don't trust that anyway. Nothing like a real field test though. I know it's the cheap way out but it was so easy to try. I guess there's a possibility that I'll pay to use separate levers and maybe change the brakes. I tried the road levers but they bottomed out because they didn't have enough travel I guess.

I think road bikes with moderate suspension forks are in the future.
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I have to say i am not much of a fan with your setup, the brakes seem like they would be tough to use.
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Yeah, I hope I don't kill myself. Honestly though, the picture makes it look weirder than it is. My hands are pretty big but not giants and they reach the levers fine. I wouldn't suggest it for anyone else. I'd put cheap road levers on it if I didn't have to switch the brakes themselves. But who knows what I'll be doing to it. I'm a tinkerer and never let anything stay the way it is for too long.
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I'd be interested in hearing how it handles. What kind of stem is that?

Other than the shifters I think the bike looks pretty at home with the drops.
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I don't see anything stamped or printed on the stem other than the Schwinn logo emblem which looks like a cross. I'm pretty sure it's only adjustment is a kind of pivot which simultaneously moves the bar up and closer to the seat or down and further away. It provides a pretty decent range of adjustment. The bike model is: 700c Trailway.
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that bike looks very confused, like a case of stolen identity. make sure you give yourself some practice emergency tests before you take that on the daily commute. the biggest concerns i would have are reaching the brakes, and how close my nose is to the stem when in the drops and the suspension compresses fully. be careful.
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AngryScientist - good suggestion - I'll some panic stops.
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1st commute with and it was pretty excellent. Still need to tweak my fit. I may bring the stem to full rise and the seat definitely was dipped to much up front. I'll level that off for the ride home.
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