My '89 Trek 1500 has been in the shop all week to have some modifications done. Turns out they haven't even started but still believe they will finish by tomorrow (Monday) afternoon as promised.
They're going to raise the handlebar, retape it, and morph the downtube shifters into bar-end shifters, using some part they had to order.
All week I've been having "modification remorse" because I'm thinking I should keep the downtube shifters the way they are, the way Trek intended them to be, and the way 1,000's of riders have ridden 1,000,000's of miles.
The LBS said bar-end shifting is a little easier and a little safer, and I figure they know what they're talking about. BUT -- part of me says for the full "retro" experience, I should leave the bike, as much as possible, the way it was when it left the factory. (Okay, the saddle's not original, but you get the point.)
I have until tomorrow morning to debate this (you know me!). I'm really tempted to call them and ask them just to raise the bars and retape 'em, but leave the shifters alone.
I'd love any ideas, pros or cons.
It's a cheap bike ($125) and the mods aren't much either, so it's not about the money. It's about whether to just get the handlebars where I need 'em and ride it like that. I don't even shift that much in my urban environment. Hills? What hills?