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Old 09-02-15, 12:24 PM
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Converting drop bars to flat---what do I need?

Hey guys,

I already have three road bikes and would like to convert one to a hybrid with flat bars. The bike is an Origin 8 Carbon with Ultegra 6700 (10-spd) groupset.
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You need new bars, flat bar brakes/shifters. It can be expensive.

I would say its more cost-effective to sell your road bike and buy the hybrid bike you want.

You should consider a drop bar bike geometry may not work well with a flat bar setup.

The cheapest way to convert your road bike, is to install a stem riser and moustache bars. That would give you an upright riding position for not very much outlay and you can keep your road bike drop bar brifters.

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I've done this and it's a fun project. As mentioned, a flat or riser bar, shifters and brake levers. Many people scoff at those who do it, but I say go for it. It's much cheaper than going the other way, ie. Flat to drops.
This was a nice one I saw a couple of years ago.

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I put Albatross bars on an older Raleigh Pro which made it very squirrelly to ride. Put the drops back on, sold it and bought a hybrid.
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Assuming the bike fits you well, easy.

1. Stem: use the one you have, if looking for a more upright position; add 1 or 2 cms. if trying to approximate present fit.
2. Bars: use "mtb" flats, with a bit of back sweep, plus bar ends if trying to approximate present fit. Try other variations, as some mention above, if looking for something different.
3. Shifters: you may have to check. You should still be able to buy the last-generation 770 10 speed shifters. They'll work; the new/current Tiagra 10 spd. ones probably will as well, but you should check that (cable pull).
4. Brake levers: you need flat-bar (mtb-style) levers, but for road caliper/canti brakes, not v-brakes. You can, if necessary, use Avid SD7 levers; they will adjust to work with calipers.

All this can be assembled quite inexpensively. As giantfcr1 points out, costs much more to go the other way.
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I had a bike shop do this with a Cannondale CAAD 8 that I bought inexpensively ($400). The conversion cost me about $125 which included parts and labor. I really liked the bike a lot more with flatbars than the drops. I wish the bike had fit me a little better - a bit small - so I sold it for $600. I keep looking at craigslist hoping to find a 58cm road bike that I'd like so I could try the conversion project again.
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All you need is flat bars and trigger shifters that are compatible with your derailleur's cable pull and 10spd cog set. Not very expensive and relatively simple.

Buying a new bike is not more cost effective than spending $35 on bars, $100 on shifters and whatever the shop charges you to install. Plus, if you're willing to sell your Ultegra brifters, you could easily get ~$120 bucks back from selling on ebay or CL if they're in decent shape.
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Depends on if you like grip shifters....which is the cheapest and lightest option.
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