I have a Langster Seattle and was wondering if someone could help with this:
I want to replace the stock flat handlebar with drops. I found different sizes and can't just decide which one will work. Do you know what size will fit? Do I have to buy new break levers? anything else will be needed for this project? and what handlebars you recommend for this purpose? I use this bike mainly to exercise every morning and short commute.
I don't know much about these things but the stem is Specialized Mindset, 1-1/8" integrated threadless, steel cage bearings, 20mm alloy cone w/ 10mm alloy spacer (taken from online specs)
according to the specialized website, the stem has a 31.8 clamp, so look for 31.8 bars or you could shim smaller sizes to fit but this is generally not recommended. as for the brake lever, you should be fine with the stock lever. just put it in the same spot as it was on the flat bars. if you want traditional brakes with hoods, then, yes, you will need to buy some. you don't need anything else except some grip tape. everything should be a pretty straightforward swap. take off lever-take off bars-put new bars-put lever back-wrap it up with tape. i run bullhorns so i can't really recommend specific drop bars, but try to stay away from track drops. it's just simply not as practical for the street.
Fit? Do you mean width too?
Handlebars come in varying widths, I think the general rule of thumb is that they should be as wide as your shoulders. They run 38cm-46cm or so wide. Go into a shop and try out some different sizes.
There are also have different models of road bars. The old skool, road bar shape or the ergonomic ones, which I personally, think are the ugliest thing ever created.