I am hanging out with my brother this evening (he works in our LBS) so I can ask him for you. His buddy just converted a flat bar fat bike (Surly) to drops and didn't act like it was super involved but I am not sure. He has a gravel bike, a Trek Crossrip, and enjoys it for its versatility.Really stupid question.... How much work is involved in converting a drop bar bike to a flat bar?
I guess you'd have to change the brakes/gear-shifters and this might be a problem because of incompatible systems. So you might possibly have to change the brakes and "geary bits" (I think I'm showing how thick I am here) too.
I'm only asking as I'm considering getting a "drop bar do-it-all" gravel-ish style bike, along the lines of the Px Kaffenback, Pinnacle Pyrolyte or Arkose, Genesis Croix De Fer etc.
My last drop bar bike was a Puch Cavalier in about ...err.. 1980, so I've no way of guessing how I'll get along with "a racer" (our term for anything with drop bars) in my significantly older, less flexible and more knackered-out state, beyond putting time and miles on the bike.
It would therefore be reassuring to know that if I didn't cope with drop bars, I could swap them for flat bars without having to buy a whole new push-iron.
I've noticed that the Kaff comes in a flat bar version so I'm guessing there's nothing inherently incompatible in the frame design that would prevent this. Is this true of most "gravel bike" style frames? (I read somewhere that proper road frames don't make sense with flat bars but am assuming, if true, this is due to the more agressive geometry.)
Sorry if the above is something I should know already.
Less than going the other way, I think. Worst case, you can pad controls intended for 23.8mm diameter drop bars to grab 22.2mm flat bars more easily than forcing flat bar controls to grab a fatter drop bar, although STIs will look odd like that.Really stupid question.... How much work is involved in converting a drop bar bike to a flat bar?