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Old 03-25-09, 12:39 PM
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If I took my Trek 930 mtn. bike, which is fifteen years old, and put on new shifters and drop handle bars, would I have a viable touring bike? Hate to spend the money on a new touring bike when I have this bike just sitting in my garage.
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Sorta. Depends on a few things.

Are the chainstays long enough? (Very likely)
Is the frame fully intact -- no cracks, no rust etc.?
Is the bike comfortable for long rides?
Are the other components in good shape?

Gearing should be fine, MTB gearing is usually pretty low. You might want to double-check it.

In general a drop bar conversion isn't going to be worth the effort and expense. You're probably better off with butterfly or trekking bars, your existing brake levers and, if really required, new shifters (maybe trigger shifters).
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if you can pedal it
and you like it
its VIABLE

everything else is just a nuance or idiosyncrasy, depending on how it strikes you.
i suppose the most significant factor is your experience(s)
on that tangent, its just a mater of time and effort.
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Originally Posted by Bacciagalupe

In general a drop bar conversion isn't going to be worth the effort and expense. You're probably better off with butterfly or trekking bars, your existing brake levers and, if really required, new shifters (maybe trigger shifters).
+1.

I did a similar conversion, and used trekking bars from Nashbar. They were only about $18 to $20, as I recall. I did have to put on new cables and handlebar tape, and I got a new (very inexpensive) stem to make it fit better.

I am still considering converting to drop bars - but it's quite a bit more money (new brake levers, new handlebars, new shifters).

I'd recommend trying trekking bars first; it's not a lot of money to try it and see whether the bike works for you overall.
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I love this article. It's my inspiration to build one up.

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https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?...c_id=3627&v=5J

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It can be done

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Chances are you`ll be able to make a nice tourer out of your Trek, whether or not you use drop bars. Check out this thread on mtb tour bikes- lots of bikes, lots of pictures, and some with every imagineable kind of bars.
https://www.bikeforums.net/touring/334033-i-would-love-see-photos-your-mtb-conversion.html
If you want drops, throw a set on there and see how the fit is for you. If you can`t get them in a good position on that particular bike, it`s just that one option that gets shot down, not the whole build.
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Originally Posted by jackb
If I took my Trek 930 mtn. bike, which is fifteen years old, and put on new shifters and drop handle bars, would I have a viable touring bike? Hate to spend the money on a new touring bike when I have this bike just sitting in my garage.
Pretty expensive conversion. I would just put a set of Nashbar Trekking bars on it or similar. Then ride it a bit and see how much you like it.

Here's my Trek 950 on a towpath credit card "light" tour last fall.

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I've done it and it is not expensive. Older drop bars can be had for a dime a dozen. Get some good old Suntour bar end shifters and either Cane Creek or Tektro brake levers.
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