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Old 06-01-08, 07:53 PM
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Handle bar change?

I have a new to me bike i really like, tryingto get it ready for commuting. Its not a name brand or anything--its a older Sears Robbuck offering, nice lugged frame and whatnot. Anyhow, its a 12 speed with fenders and rack --good for commuting, very similar to what i call a road bike, but the handle bars are those beach cruiser type. If i changed them to a typical roadbike---drop bars i believed they are called, would that possibly cause me uncomfort riding due to the frame type really not being a road bike style? I would just hate to spend the money if you think it wont work, but it is a PITA to ride sitting up for commuting. I have better luck on my wifes old MTB with flat bars.
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Originally Posted by guitarguy View Post
I have a new to me bike i really like, tryingto get it ready for commuting. Its not a name brand or anything--its a older Sears Robbuck offering, nice lugged frame and whatnot. Anyhow, its a 12 speed with fenders and rack --good for commuting, very similar to what i call a road bike, but the handle bars are those beach cruiser type. If i changed them to a typical roadbike---drop bars i believed they are called, would that possibly cause me uncomfort riding due to the frame type really not being a road bike style? I would just hate to spend the money if you think it wont work, but it is a PITA to ride sitting up for commuting. I have better luck on my wifes old MTB with flat bars.
Actually, for city riding what you have is spot on. If it were my bike I wouldn't change it.
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Old 06-01-08, 08:20 PM
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If you search the forums, someone recently started a thread asking about changing flat bars to drops. The problem is that the cost can be quite substantial. It can run $200 or more using new parts. You might be able to save if you can make finds on ebay. Drop bars use different types of brake levers and shifters than upright bars. The bike will also fit differently with the new bars and you may need to change the stem as well.

I personally love drop bars for commuting, but you should weigh the cost of changing to a new type of bars against a new or used road bike.
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Old 06-01-08, 08:50 PM
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If you search the forums, someone recently started a thread asking about changing flat bars to drops. The problem is that the cost can be quite substantial. It can run $200 or more using new parts. You might be able to save if you can make finds on ebay. Drop bars use different types of brake levers and shifters than upright bars. The bike will also fit differently with the new bars and you may need to change the stem as well.

I personally love drop bars for commuting, but you should weigh the cost of changing to a new type of bars against a new or used road bike.

Just a guess, but I think you're riding Albatross bars, not cruiser bars. See here for more: http://thevelvetfoghorn.com/?p=46

As m_yates pointed out, it can be very expensive. You need new bars, sometimes a new stem (clamp diameter problems as even the smallest road bars are bigger than standard A-bars or MTB bars of yore), new brake levers to fit the new sized bars and because there's no point in having drops if you don't, grip tape, maybe new cables...and time. It's easy, but it still takes time.

I jsut did this, but I knew what I was getting into and I probably spent $200.

As for sitting upright, there really is no problem with that position except for wind-drag. I prefer it and most people would, but it doesn't LOOK as fast. You might have a cramped cockpit, which means your stem is too short. Getting a longer stem would be much cheaper and would allow you to get "lower."

I am doing an A-bar conversion on my around the town bike, for anything less than 10 miles, because I like the position!
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Just a guess, but I think you're riding Albatross bars, not cruiser bars.

I am doing an A-bar conversion on my around the town bike, for anything less than 10 miles, because I like the position!
I think your right---thanks for the link. I rode itfor a few mile for the firsttime today---still recovering from a accident 3 weeks ago that left me with a badly sprained ankle. Anyways, i liked it as to how it kept pressure off my hands, i have a problem with one getting a little numb after a few miles on the wifes MTB--which is my current commuter. But a very large hill i go down on the way home--its a mile long---i felt like a giant parachute going down it.

I guess if i find something thats usuable off a cheap doner bike, i may try it to see if i like it. I dont know if i can really do anything more than that.
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