Goofy Question of the Day: drop Handlebars on a Cruiser
Hello all; Just a thought here ; I have been bike shopping this fall with limited success, and I am also becoming more hesitant about spending money. I currently ride a hardware store brand cruiser which in some respects I love. I replaced the worn out 2 3/8' knobby tires with some 1 1/2" smooth GEAX tires which made a world of difference on rolling ease. I also commute(rural roads) 10-15 K round trip a day in all sorts of weather , so I love my fenders. Hear is my problem , my ride to work is eastward so I usually have a tail wind and can move along quite well. On the way home I usually am facing a stiff headwind and am looking at a 20+ minute workout . I could ride my cruiser all day in the "Sunday Driving Position" (head up, back straight, no hurry) but as soon as I try to hurry or limit my wind resistance and crouch a bit ,I have problems. With the present cruiser handlebars if I bend foreward I have to turn my elbows out and put an uncomfortable curve in my back. The current bars are shaped so that I would have to hold them right at the stem to get a more foreward grip and this reduces control quite a bit. I just got wondering if anyone has ever put drop bars on a cruiser. Would this allow me to ride a bit more comfortably in a crouch? I see old wrecked ten speeds at the dump all the time so trying would not cost anything, The obvious problem is that unless I left the brake handles on as dummies I would not be able to use them as a gripping point if I wanted to grip the bars over the top.
I know it would look goofy, but I am past the age of caring what I look like.
Anyone ever tried this or seen it done? Thanks, John