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Convert a road bike to flat bar vs buying a hybrid bike

Old 07-18-16, 06:54 AM
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Convert a road bike to flat bar vs buying a hybrid bike

1. Anyone have convert a road bike to flat bar?

2. Why not just get a fitness/commuter/hybrid flat bar bicycle?

3. Any advantage/disadvantage between the two?

4. I have a Trek FX 7.4 and looking to get a road bike and I really need to configure my road bike to be almost like my FX. I will get a stem riser to make my bar handler much higher than my seat. Yes I will loose the power stroke edge.
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Old 07-18-16, 06:57 AM
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Originally Posted by chong67 View Post
I have a Trek FX 7.4 and looking to get a road bike and I really need to configure my road bike to be almost like my FX. I will get a stem riser to make my bar handler much higher than my seat. Yes I will loose the power stroke edge.
Why? What do you think the road bike will do than the FX won't?
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Originally Posted by chong67 View Post
1. Anyone have convert a road bike to flat bar?
No, but I have converted two flat bar bikes to drop bar road/cx bikes

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2. Why not just get a fitness/commuter/hybrid flat bar bicycle?
Exactly. Unless you have a road frame sitting around and the spare parts to go with it. It'd be an inexpensive project with just the bar, brake/shift levers.

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3. Any advantage/disadvantage between the two?
Drop bar allows you varied hand position, including an aerodynamic position; also better position for the hips to generate maximum power. And it's cool.

Flat bar gives you upright riding position, which if you have back or flexibility issues, is more ideal. Can usually take wider tires, so perhaps a more comfortable ride, and fenders for riding on wet pavement.

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4. I have a Trek FX 7.4 and looking to get a road bike and I really need to configure my road bike to be almost like my FX. I will get a stem riser to make my bar handler much higher than my seat. Yes I will loose the power stroke edge.
Why would you even bother, if the riding position is the same, unless you think it is more cool to have a drop bar. You could always flip the dropbar upside down. I've seen it done.
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Old 07-18-16, 08:28 AM
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Why? Drop bars give you at least three positions.


How far, how fast, and where do you usually ride? Road bikes are definitely more efficient for longer (>30 mi, 2hrs) ride.
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What are you trying to get out of this?
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Old 07-20-16, 06:55 AM
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Originally Posted by RPK79 View Post
What are you trying to get out of this?
I wanted to get a 2nd bicycle since I have a Trek FX 7.4

So I been going to my local LBS and ride it and I have the right size of bike to try it on.

One thing with me is that I dont like to ride with my back and neck bend.

So if I get a road bike, it will have a bar handle higher than my seat and the steam is going to be short too as I dont like to lean forward. All of those for the power stroke.

Should I get a road bike? It almost sound like I should just stick to a fitness/commuter/hybrid bicycle like the FX or Sirrus.
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Originally Posted by chong67 View Post
Should I get a road bike? It almost sound like I should just stick to a fitness/commuter/hybrid bicycle like the FX or Sirrus.
That's what it sounds like to me too.
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Handlebar shape and handlebar height are independent variables. It is possible to set up drop bars even with or higher than the saddle. It is also possible to set up flat bars even with or lower than the saddle.

If you want to get a second bike, then get a second bike.
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I agree with above. If you are comfortable on your FX then get a bike that comes from the factory close to the FX layout. A converted drop bar bike will likely have a very different fit from a bike designed to have flat bars. Trek hybrids in general, and the FX line in particular, have a bunch of options to choose between racy and light, and sturdy and practical. There is no mechanical difference between flat bar bike drivetrains and drop bar bike drivetrains, so your position is the only major change between one style and the other.
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I built flat bar bikes on road frames for both my wife and me because we wanted the lighter weight and better feel of a quality frame, something not available on most fitness/commuter/hybrid bikes. I also used higher-level components.

The result are two bike we love. I am not a weight weenie (anymore) but my Curtlo comes in at 23 lbs riding weight with pump, saddle bag & tools, AND a Brooks Flyer saddle; try getting that in a hybrid...
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I built flat bar bikes on road frames for both my wife and me because we wanted the lighter weight and better feel of a quality frame, something not available on most fitness/commuter/hybrid bikes. I also used higher-level components.
That's correct but another key difference is that the groupsets b/w road bikes and hybrids are quite different with the latter often getting mountain bike components due to the ability to get them in easier gearings (i.e. chain-rings of 48/38/28 and even 42/32/24 are available..

I'll add that the shifting on hybrid bikes with trigger shifters is smooth on the RD but the FD shifters don't have trimming like an STI so you'll often get chain rub.

Surprisingly the mini-v-brakes on hybrids are damn efficient and really stop you quickly.
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That's correct but another key difference is that the groupsets b/w road bikes and hybrids are quite different with the latter often getting mountain bike components due to the ability to get them in easier gearings (i.e. chain-rings of 48/38/28 and even 42/32/24 are available..

I'll add that the shifting on hybrid bikes with trigger shifters is smooth on the RD but the FD shifters don't have trimming like an STI so you'll often get chain rub.
The MTB type of FD is designed to take this into account, as are FDs for triple cranksets...
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