It has been a while since I've posted much about my hybrid here, a 2011 Giant Rapid 3. I've owned it since the spring of 2012 and have put several thousand miles on it since then. In the fall of 2012 I rebuilt an older Trek road bike, so my Giant became my bad weather bike (rain, snow, etc.). Fast forward to the past week, and my road bike frame is now unsafe to ride (cracked) and I'm not really sure what I want to do as far as getting another road bike goes; do I want to get a new/newer one, do I want to get another 20+ year old one, etc. In the mean time, I decided to do something I have been wanting to do for years: give my Giant a more aggressive riding position. Here's how my Giant sat before all of this:
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The first thing I tried was moving the controls inward a bit, cutting the grips down (wide Specialized grips), moving the Origin 8 drop bar ends inward, flipped the stem over, and cut the excess off from the bar; this setup worked alright, but the bar ends were still too far apart.
Then, after some searching around these forums and Internet, I got the idea to mount my old road bike's 105 brake levers on the drop bar ends. I also removed the Specialized grips, removed the brake lever from the integrated trigger shifters, moved the shifters inward, moved the drop bar ends inward, cut off the excess bar, and wrapped the bars with fresh bar tape. Here's what I ended up with:
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The setup still needs some fine tuning, but it seems to work quite well. The shifters are not as convenient as my old road bike's downtube shifters, but it does work well. Down the road, I can see myself adding a true drop bar and integrated shifters (maybe upgrading to a 9 speed), but I wanted to use what I had for the time being. I had everything but the bar tape and a few ferrules, so this was a cheap project for me.
I know that there are people who occasionally want to convert their hybrids to a drop bar setup, and I think this would be a decent alternative setup for less money. If you have any questions, let me know!