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Old 08-12-10, 06:00 PM
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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!


Just realized that I forgot to add: the shifters and brakes are Shimano Tourney.
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Old 08-12-10, 08:58 PM
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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:
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As irclean said, it isn't possible without changing the brake levers and shifters.
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Old 08-13-10, 04:18 PM
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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.

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^^ 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.
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Thanks for all the detail replies! I'll take a look at the NashBar.
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