I'm lucky to have a friend who's a talented scrounger who's also shorter than me. That means that I get first choice on the bikes he finds that are too big for him. Recently he gave me an old road bike he found in a dumpster. The drops had been burned somehow—I imagine that someone had set fire to them during a drunken party, but it could've been some kind of accidental chemical burn. In any case, the foam parts on the bars and brakes were a melted mess. I regret now that I have no picture, because it sure looked dramatically nasty.
Anyway, here's what I ended up with, using very cheap parts in the spirit of a free bike. I love it. I'm very pleased that I brought this bike back to life, and that it turned out to be such a nice ride.
Yeah, I know—I added riser bars. That's because I'm old and I don't like drops much anymore.