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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 04-11-12, 11:18 AM   #26
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Originally Posted by tony_merlino View Post
But the trekking bar conversion can be done for less than $50 ($22 for the Nashbar MTB Trekking Bars, and possibly between $10 and $20 for a new stem - if that's needed, which isn't certain.) Everything else stays the same, except now you have a bunch of new hand positions to use. You might want to tape the bars, but I didn't.
All good points and looks like the cheapest way to get the slight change in position he's looking for.
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Old 04-11-12, 05:48 PM   #27
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When I did mine mine I paid I think $16 for the bars. and $6 for the bar tape, from Amazon. Those were the only costs I had. I love the setup so far.
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Old 04-13-12, 09:17 AM   #28
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I converted my specialized sirrus to drop bars. There may be a thread around on it, check what thread I created.

I do recommend the +1 route, but due to some issues ("but you just got that bike last year!") I converted. Bought the bars, with brifters, used on CL.

I had to get a road front derailleur, but the existing rear derailleur was fine. I also ended up with a shorter stem due to fit issues.

If you have canti or V-brakes you will need a take-up adaptor to get them to work with road brake levers. Alternately you could specific brake levers for V-brakes/cantis and do the shifting using bar end shifters.

I've got several thousand KM on the bike since the conversion.
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