The discussion was initially started here:
based upon this bike conversion:
Figured it would be best to split into a new thread rather than muddy up the other one further. So here's the idea, take a Trek FX and convert it to drop bars to be more road-bike-like. Some comments have been made about the geometry being all wrong, and weight distrubution, relation to the bottom bracket, etc. So I took two brand new Trek bikes, one a 7.6fx, and one a X1 Cyclocross bike with drop bars, and layed them atop each other for a comparison of the geometry.
So I don't know anything about bicycle geometry, but I know alot about motorcycle geometry, and I don't see anything in this comparison that leads me to believe that converting the fx to drop bars will be drastically different from the X1 Cyclocross bike that already comes with drop bars. Please enlighten me on what might be problematic with this concept as far as geometry goes, I don't know the impact of the more compact top bracket vs. the more horizontal top bracket on the CX bike for example.
As far as what's required to do it (without the single-speed conversion from the velodramatic bike linked to above), here's what I've come up with so far:
1) Shorter stem
2) Drop bar handlebar
3) Brifters (brake/shifters from a road bike)
4) Cantilever brake arms/pads
5) Bar tape
What else would be needed?