flat bar conversion
I have been commuting 5 miles each way to class on my 7 year old Klein Q Carbon road bike. The exercise is great and I don’t have to deal with the horrible parking situation on campus. Plus, I’m doing my part for the environment ;-)
The only problem I have been having is the lack of confidence my drop bars were giving me in traffic (both on the road and on campus). To keep my hands close to the brake levers and shifters I was spending most of my time on the hoods of the brake levers. While this position works well on a road ride away from traffic, I found that the bent over riding position created was limiting my forward vision. Also, the brake levers are not as responsive when you are going at them from the hoods. So, I decided to convert my bike over to a flat bar for commuter duty. See below for the details:
1: Cheap Ritchey aluminum flat bars (cut down to 22″ wide).
2: ESI Chunky black silicone grips.
3: No-name stubby aluminum bar ends.
4: Avid Speed Dial 7 brake levers.
5: Shimano Deore STI shifter (rear only)
6: Planet Bike SpeedEz strap-on fenders.
7: Serfas 700 x 28C tires (for the Auburn roads).
8: Spot single speed aluminum chainring guard (front derailleur removed).
9: Shimano SPD mountain bike pedals.