Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Hybrid Bicycles
Reload this Page >

Putting drop bars on my Hybrid/Commuter bike...

Notices
Hybrid Bicycles Where else would you go to discuss these fun, versatile bikes?

Putting drop bars on my Hybrid/Commuter bike...

Old 08-12-10, 06:00 PM
  #1  
Teen Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 3
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Putting drop bars on my Hybrid/Commuter bike...

Hey there, I just got into biking and grabbed a used Schwinn Trail Way (https://usedcomfortbikes.com/wp-conte...4571243260.jpg). It's not the fastest or the best bike, however, I got it for a steal.

My question is, can I put drop bars on it, without buyin new brakes and shifters? Is it possible for me to simply re-orient them? This may be a stupid question, thanks for any insight you can give!

*EDIT*

Just realized that I forgot to add: the shifters and brakes are Shimano Tourney.
Cmeej is offline  
Old 08-12-10, 08:58 PM
  #2  
Born Again Pagan
 
irclean's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Southwestern Ontario
Posts: 2,241

Bikes: Schwinn hybrid, Raleigh MTB

Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
It is possible, but it's a labour-intensive and pricey proposition. Your controls won't fit on a drop bar (they're a different diameter) so you'd need new brake levers and shifters; brifters are very expensive, so separate brake levers and bar-end shifters would be the way to go. Also, since you have v-brakes, you would need to use a travel agent to work with the drop bar levers (it's the little pulley replacing the noodle at the top of the brake arm):



If you're after more hand positions you could use some bar ends (I like these) or some trekking bars like I have on one of my bikes:
Attached Images
File Type: jpg
SNC00227..jpg (99.7 KB, 41 views)
File Type: jpg
SNC00229..jpg (100.1 KB, 32 views)

Last edited by irclean; 08-13-10 at 12:35 AM.
irclean is offline  
Old 08-13-10, 03:23 AM
  #3  
Senior Member
 
AdelaaR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Vlaamse Ardennen, Belgium
Posts: 3,898
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
As irclean said, it isn't possible without changing the brake levers and shifters.
AdelaaR is offline  
Old 08-13-10, 04:18 PM
  #4  
Sumerian Street Rider
 
khutch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Suburban Chicago
Posts: 660

Bikes: Dahon Mu P8, Fuji Absolute 1.0

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
As mentioned, drop bars made for lightweight, fast road bikes are bigger in diameter than the flat bars made for super rugged mountain bikes. Go figure. So your components will not fit drop bars and most people say that if you try to spread the clamps enough to make them fit they will break. I suppose that if you have access to a mill you might bore out the brake lever and shifter clamps to make them fit but then I think you will find that flat bar break levers just won't work that well on drop bars anyway, their geometry is all wrong. Bar end shifters are an option for new shifters. Nashbar is currently having a 72% off sale on some components including these linear pull brake levers for drop bars. That would solve your brake lever problems but the sale ends midnight (I don't know what time zone) tonight so you have to decide quickly. That page links to a set of drop bars you can get cheap too....

Like many others I have gone with trekking bars, the popular Nashbar offering in my case. Over the time I have owned them I have fiddled with the adjustments to get a position that suits me well. Your flat bar brake levers and shifters fit them fine. I just put Ergon grips on them in addition to taping the forward parts of the bar and that was an improvement too. I can't say that there is nothing better but they are an excellent option.

Ken
khutch is offline  
Old 08-13-10, 08:00 PM
  #5  
STFD
 
mcgreivey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: North Bergen, NJ
Posts: 778

Bikes: '80 Windsor Carrera Sport, '02 Specialized Sirrus A1, '10 Giant Escape 2

Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
^^ That's a good price for the Cane Creek v-brake road drop levers. The similar Tektro RL520 levers are often on ebay for around that price.

Shifter option: several. bar-end shifters, Suntour Command shifters, or modified MTB trigger shifters.

I've successfully modified MTB triggers, and mounted them beside brake levers. The mecessary modification is that their 7/8" MTB-diameter clamps have to be reamed out to fit on 15/16" road-diameter bars--done at my friend's machine shop.




But expect to spend at least $100 on parts. If you're not doing the work yourself, then probably at least another $100 on labor. Do you want to spend $100-300 on this bike? If you do the work yourself, and happen to get lucky and get good deals on ebay or something, then maybe you'll get away with $100.
mcgreivey is offline  
Old 08-15-10, 10:36 PM
  #6  
Teen Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 3
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanks for all the detail replies! I'll take a look at the NashBar.
Cmeej is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Fishh
Bicycle Mechanics
16
07-20-13 08:31 AM
pauschl
Commuting
6
10-09-12 08:26 PM
AlphaDogg
Hybrid Bicycles
9
04-25-11 10:35 AM
ktselios
Hybrid Bicycles
26
11-20-10 02:21 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Your Privacy Choices -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.