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Converting from Butterfly to Drop Bars?

Old 04-23-15, 01:35 AM
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Converting from Butterfly to Drop Bars?

I currently have butterfly bars on my touring bike and they work well. However, I have considered putting drop bars on it so that I can use it as a bit of a road bike to go for quick and light rides but then also use it loaded up as a tourer.

1. Has anyone else used drop bars for touring compared to butterfly?
2. What things do I need to consider when converting? I suppose the brake levers all need to be changed?
3. Will I waste my time putting drop bars on and expect it to be like a roady as the geometry will be all wrong?

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I've done most of my riding on a road bike, including a few "tours". So, I've always had drops. If a person can ride a road bike all day empty, then one can certainly ride it all day loaded.

You will have to consider bar height. Even with seat? Below seat? Above seat?

Converting would probably mean changing brake levers & shifters. They can either be combined in brifters, or separate in brakes + bar ends, stem shifters, Downtube shifters, butterfly shifters, others?

Also, keep in mind that if you have canti brakes or linear pull brakes, then you may need long pull brake levers. Tektro levers should work for separate levers. Otherwise, also consider something like a "Travel Agent".
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1. Has anyone else used drop bars for touring compared to butterfly?
I have set up bikes for tours with both , but as my Trekking bar bikes have R'off gripshifters, they work so well together , wouldn't need to .

2. What things do I need to consider when converting? I suppose the brake levers all need to be changed?
brake levers shifters, stem all the cables and housing, and if you want indexed front SIS shifting that complicates things further

3. Will I waste my time putting drop bars on and expect it to be like a roady as the geometry will be all wrong?
I have no Idea what your time is worth to you.. make enough to just pay for the work done for you in a Bike Shop?


I have considered putting drop bars on it so that I can use it as a bit of a road bike to go for quick and light rides but then also use it loaded up as a tourer.
Why would the handle bar set prevent you from doing that? Perhaps Its N+1 you seek .. Buy a road bike next.

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1. Has anyone else used drop bars for touring compared to butterfly?
I haven't used butterfly bars but drops saved my wrists (riding on the hoods). You might also want to consider cross levers so that you can have your hands on the bar tops with brakes. There's something about having the brakes in your hands that makes it feel more comfortable. The bar tops are good for climbing and descents. Finally, I've found the oversized (31.8mm) flat top drops feel better in the hand than regular sized round bar tops.
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