In the process of converting my commuter road bike to a more upright sitting position. The bike in question is an '85 Centurian 'Elite RS' road bike that has drop bars and I want to add sime nice cruiser style bars (North Roads, Albatross, Wald 8095) for around town comfort riding slow with my wife. I understand that Shimano makes the 'BL-R440 and '550 brake levers for flat bar and was wondering if anyone has ever used these. Just need some decent brake levers that will fit the bill and not be too expensive.
I also have plans on adding fenders to this bike, and a Brooks B-67 saddle, basically turning it into a nice, around town comfort bike like the old english 3-speeds. I also pull a trailer with this bike and am more interested in upright comfort than anything with this conversion. Any thoughts on this? In a way I feel like I'm committing a blasphemous act by this conversion, because this bike is really pretty nice for its age, but I'm getting older too and want some comfort in my old age.
So what say ye??