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Switching From Drop Bars to Butterfly/Trekking Bars

Old 04-22-17, 04:29 PM
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Switching From Drop Bars to Butterfly/Trekking Bars

Hey, Guys!
Ramping up for a big bike tour this summer, and I was thinking about swapping out my drop bars for some butterlfy ones.
My bike (Masi Giramondo) came with a New Brev.M Drop Bars. I never really liked having the brake levers not being accessible. So I'm gonna bake the switch.
Main points im curious about are changing my stem, brake levers and shifters.
I heard adjustable stems are good for butterfly bars. I know the stem has to be longer to accommodate the handlebar being closer to me.
All I need for brake levers is some very simple MTB levers and some thumbie shifters. I was looking at the combo ones with the levers and shifters all in one.
So is it as easy as just switching the bars, attaching the levers and connecting then attaching the cables?
I would hope changing the bars doesnt add a whole lot of complications.
Tell me what you guys know.
Thanks!
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Old 04-22-17, 04:34 PM
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Originally Posted by mymorningjacket
Hey, Guys!
Ramping up for a big bike tour this summer, and I was thinking about swapping out my drop bars for some butterlfy ones.
My bike (Masi Giramondo) came with a New Brev.M Drop Bars. I never really liked having the brake levers not being accessible. So I'm gonna bake the switch.
Main points im curious about are changing my stem, brake levers and shifters.
I heard adjustable stems are good for butterfly bars. I know the stem has to be longer to accommodate the handlebar being closer to me.
All I need for brake levers is some very simple MTB levers and some thumbie shifters. I was looking at the combo ones with the levers and shifters all in one.
So is it as easy as just switching the bars, attaching the levers and connecting then attaching the cables?
I would hope changing the bars doesnt add a whole lot of complications.
Tell me what you guys know.
Thanks!
If you're riding on the tops all the time now, then you may not need a longer stem.

Ideally the bike would be sized such that you'd ride either in the drops or on the hoods 97% of the time and your brake levers would be accessible.
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Old 04-22-17, 08:41 PM
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Originally Posted by mymorningjacket
......So is it as easy as just switching the bars, attaching the levers and connecting then attaching the cables? .......
No.

Your bike appears to have Shimano 10 speed Deore derailleurs; you'll need compatible shifters.

Are your brakes short (road) or long (MTB) pull? I could not find info on the 'net about that - the reviews were not good.....

I have installed trekking bars on bikes using dual cross levers to that I can reach the brakes quickly and easily, with Sunrace friction shifters (no indexing).


Originally Posted by mymorningjacket
......I never really liked having the brake levers not being accessible........
So why not just get cross-levers? If your brakes are long pull, get:
https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/brake-le...clamp/?geoc=US
or
https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/brake-le...clamp/?geoc=US
depending on your bar diameter; they are also on ebay.

If your brakes are short pull
https://www.amazon.com/Tektro-RL721-.../dp/B001CK0FBQ
or
https://www.amazon.com/Tektro-RL720-.../dp/B01N8V20KH
depending on your bar diameter.
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Originally Posted by nfmisso
No.

Your bike appears to have Shimano 10 speed Deore derailleurs; you'll need compatible shifters.

Are your brakes short (road) or long (MTB) pull? I could not find info on the 'net about that - the reviews were not good.....

I have installed trekking bars on bikes using dual cross levers to that I can reach the brakes quickly and easily, with Sunrace friction shifters (no indexing).




So why not just get cross-levers? If your brakes are long pull, get:
https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/brake-le...clamp/?geoc=US
or
https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/brake-le...clamp/?geoc=US
depending on your bar diameter; they are also on ebay.

If your brakes are short pull
https://www.amazon.com/Tektro-RL721-.../dp/B001CK0FBQ
or
https://www.amazon.com/Tektro-RL720-.../dp/B01N8V20KH
depending on your bar diameter.
Could I not just install shimano deore compatable shifters onto the new handlebars?
Or could I use the excisting bar end shifters on the butterfly bars?
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Originally Posted by mymorningjacket
Could I not just install shimano deore compatible shifters onto the new handlebars?
Yes; but you'll still need brake levers compatible with your brakes. Are the brakes short or long pull?

Deore MTB brifters are long pull.


Originally Posted by mymorningjacket
Or could I use the excisting bar end shifters on the butterfly bars?
Not unless you bore out the end of the butterfly bars; they are not the right diameter to accept bar end shifters.

You'll still need brake levers.
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I use Nitto allot mustache bars for any metric century/touring/randonneur build this days for smaller cyclists and always for women. I like the Nashbar steel mustache bar on my bikes (I'm 6'7") because they are heavy, but wider and bombproof.
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