I am in the middle of building an all-rounder with front and rear racks, and which I can use for commuting, city, touring (not expedition level but more than credit card as well), and even occasional slower club rides. A real all-rounder. It will be based on a 700c cross-frame with all the mounts.
I have been reading up on the pros and cons of running a flatbar as opposed to a dropbar and am 99% certain I will go the flatbar and bar-ends route.
1. I am pretty comfy with a flatbar and bar-ends (Cane Creek Ergo) on my mtb and the number of handpositions seem to be enough for me.
2. I have the option of going internal hub (Rohloff or Nexus)
3. I have most of the parts (mtb) already as opposed to spending more money on STI brifters and a dropbar.
To be honest, between drops and flats, I favour the drops (with a Midge bar) slightly more but the part about spending more makes it negative.
Before I go the flatbar route, I just want to do a last-minute check with you folks. Am I doing the right thing? Will I regret not going drops?