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Changing flat bars to drop bars on Haro Alpha 90s(?) bike

Old 01-17-16, 04:01 PM
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Changing flat bars to drop bars on Haro Alpha 90s(?) bike

I bought a Haro alpha bike (I believe it's a 90s model) at a flea market today and I'm wondering if I could change its flat bars to drop bars? And what would I need to change if I do do a drop conversion (brakes etc.)? Any good quality recommendations?

I'm a newbie in the biking culture as you can tell. any advice, help would be appreciated! thank you.
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Sure you can, but whether it'll be cost effective to juggle all those parts around is an entirely different matter.

Off the top of my head, you'll need: brake levers, possibly new brakes or more expensive levers if your bike has "v" brakes, new shifters, probably a new stem as older mountain bikes tended to have very long toptubes, bars and tape. All that can easily ratchet over $200. Whether that's worth buying another, already drop bar bike for the same $200 is entirely your call.

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There are lots of opinions on this.

There is a very long thread on drop bar MTB conversions.

Your classic Hybrid is likely a good candidate.

To save money, you might choose to use a few vintage parts. But, none of the sizes will quite match, so it can be a bit of a pain for some things.

Expect a really nice conversion to cost a few hundred. That may or may not be ok, if you compare the end result to a new cyclocross bike that could run you over a grand.

However, if you're careful, it should be possible to keep the parts investment below $100 or so.
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Should be under 100 easy if you don't spring for barcons.

if you can shop used at a co-op or swap, even cheaper.

Assuming you do the work yourself
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