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Old 10-21-17, 08:14 PM
Thrifty Bill
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Cheapest option by far is a set of used stem shifters. Sure, they look kind of clunky, but they work just fine.

Second cheapest option is a set of Tourney trigger shifters like these.

They have a steel band, so they can be "encouraged" to fit on drop bars. They are sized to fit MTB bars. I've used them on drop bars, North Road bars, and flat bars. Better still, they come with cables and all housings.

Since you like flat bars anyway, the Tourneys are a definite winner. You should also look into North Road bars. I've built quite a few bikes lately with North Roads, I am down to my last set. I snag them any chance I get.
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