Converting Drop Bars to Flat Bars
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    Converting Drop Bars to Flat Bars

    How expensive would it be to convert my Giant OCR 3 to a flat bar road bike?

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    If you want to stick with Shimano 10sp you are looking at:

    R770 shifters - ~$150
    R770 FD - ~ $40
    R770 brake levers - ~ $40 (or R550 ~ $25)

    Plus a handlebar, grips, new cables/housing, and possibly a stem to get the position you want.

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    I started cheap

    I did the same thing to my Raleigh Super Course. I had Sette bars, stem and bar ends (maybe $30) with some clearance LX shifters ($50). Had to swap out the Kool Stop brake pads for cheap ones due to the long pull. Shifting in the rear was perfect, but I couldn't get used to it up front.

    So:
    Salsa bash guard and a chain keeper turned it to 1x9. I just decided to put a short cage deraileur on (even though the long cage worked great). Then moved to bull horns, which didn't work. Throw in some bar tape, then better grips, etc.

    Now of course the drop bars are back on. In the end, it was fun to have a flat bar, but not being able to go off road or jump curbs limited it's use as a commuter.

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    Keep in mind that switching from drop bars to a flat bar will reduce your reach by about 3 inches to the controls. It's like riding on the tops all the time.

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    The limited hand position is also a On a longer ride a PITA to me. I had that phase...I much prefer the drops on.

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    Yeah, that's what bar-ends are for. That reminds me, I need to get two sets of bar-ends, one set for my full-susser and the other set for my short-range commuter.

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