Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Sin City, Nevada
Bikes: Catrike 700, Greenspeed GTO trike, , Linear LWB recumbent, Haluzak Horizon SWB recumbent, Balance 450 MTB, Cannondale SM800 Beast of the East
The answer is yes. I don't know about conversion kits but I did change from OSS to USS on a 1997 Linear LWB that I bought used in January 2001. It was purchased by the original owner who immediately had the bike shop convert it to ape-hangar type OSS bars at considerable cost. Fortunately both of the first two owners kept the USS parts and passed them on to me when I bought the bike. The bike was comfortable but I really didn't like having my hands up in the air so I installed the USS parts and within a short time removed the OSS bars permanently. Because the bike had been made for USS, it had all of the attachments on the fork and frame to reinstall the USS bars. USS generally involves a tie rod that connects the handlebars to the front fork so unless you have the attachment welded into the fork as it is on both my Linear LWB and Haluzak Horizon SWB you could not do a simple switch from OSS to USS. The parts aren't cheap either. The last time I looked which was years ago, just the handlebars and tie rod for the Linear cost over $300. It's not something I would like to jury-rig either. If the USS is properly installed, the bike is really stable but if the steering has excessive play, it can be very difficult and fatiguing to steer in a straight line.