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Old 10-09-13, 06:36 PM   #1
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road bike into a hybrid

Just bought a new carbon fiber road bike and I hate the way it feels. Being all hunkered over. Im use to mtn bikes with straight handle bars. Can I put straight handle bars on a road bike and change the shifter and brake leavers. Thanks for the help. I guess im trying to turn a road bike into a hybrid bike I think
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Old 10-09-13, 09:41 PM   #2
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sell the road bike, buy a hybrid.
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yes, you could put straight bars and new brakes/shifters. I think you'd find that on a flatbar roadbike conversion like that, you'll want bars quite a lot narrower than you'd run on a mountain bike, and not much higher than the top of drop bars you have now.

I'd probably bump the tires up to 28's if they fit in the frame for a ride on typical urban crappy roads. get a little milder seat than the typical road bike knife blade.
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I love spending other people's money. Buy away...you need Ultegra flat bar components on a carbon hybrid, nothing less.
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Drop to straight bar conversions can be done, but wont be cheap, particularly if you want the indexing
and you got a 10(ie 20.30) speed road bike..
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I put a 3" riser and an adjustable riser on my CAAD8 to make my riding position more comfortable but i can say i didn't really like my Quick Hybrid like i do my CAAD...I would leave the same bars but raise them to where you are comfortable like i did mine...It's an option.
I did have to lenghten my cables but that was pretty easy, the hardest part was re-wrapping my bars but it also gave me the opportunity to wrap a bicycle tube aroung the bars to make them fatter and easier on my Arthritis rid hands...Got Nice gel tape to put over it and it feels great now...Fast and comfortable...
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Just bought a new carbon fiber road bike and I hate the way it feels. Being all hunkered over. Im use to mtn bikes with straight handle bars. Can I put straight handle bars on a road bike and change the shifter and brake leavers. Thanks for the help. I guess im trying to turn a road bike into a hybrid bike I think
Why on earth did you buy a road bike, then?
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I put a 3" riser and an adjustable riser on my CAAD8 to make my riding position more comfortable but i can say i didn't really like my Quick Hybrid like i do my CAAD...I would leave the same bars but raise them to where you are comfortable like i did mine...It's an option.
I did have to lenghten my cables but that was pretty easy, the hardest part was re-wrapping my bars but it also gave me the opportunity to wrap a bicycle tube aroung the bars to make them fatter and easier on my Arthritis rid hands...Got Nice gel tape to put over it and it feels great now...Fast and comfortable...
Best advice here. There are too many things you might have to change to convert to flat bars, unless you are willing to give up index shifting on the front. Raising the drop bars may actually end up more comfortable then flat bars.
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Best advice here. There are too many things you might have to change to convert to flat bars, unless you are willing to give up index shifting on the front. Raising the drop bars may actually end up more comfortable then flat bars.
It did make it more comfortable and rideable for me...Some might say whatever the hell they want but not everybody fit every bike so make it your own...If you like to ride it and it's comfortsble then the odds are you will ride it more.
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