Flat-bar dilemma: Whyte commuter or convert my Genesis?

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by mrmacmusic, 14 Sep 2016.

  1. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Just add cross levers to the bars for easy braking, I have them on 4 of my 5 :blush: bikes. The carbon roadbike doesn't have them and it's probably a big reason why I rarely ride it outside (it's on the turbo now)

    It's an extremely easy fix, my LBS does for about £20 including a bar re wrap

    The only downside if she has a narrow bar (mine are 38/40cm) you don't end up with much space for lights/bell but it is feasible

    I converted a drop bar road bike to a flat bar and it never worked, it was far too small even with an extra 3cm of stem. A friend 4 inches shorter than me now owns it

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  2. Liz Su

    Liz Su Über Member

    Whats the problem with the CDF? is it the drop bar that had some bearing on the accident or is it a mental block you have with the bike?
    You have to do whats best for yourself at the end of the day but is seems a shame not to ride a nice bike like that.
    I wouldnt be converting it, I'd sell it and get something you want to ride.
  3. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    He says it's a tour de Fer, different bike. Presumably it's a loss of confidence braking from hoods or drops?
  4. Mr.Lacis

    Mr.Lacis New Member

    It´s a problem of confidence, as vickster well pointed out. The bike is wonderful. Really nice geometry. Feels really light and agile when unloaded and very stable when fully loaded. My wife comes from MTB or Hybrid bikes background so she is used to have everything handy and be able to reach the beaks intuitively. That´s why I was wondering about the best solution without having to get rid of the bike, as is really nice
  5. Liz Su

    Liz Su Über Member

    What about just riding it round some quiet roads for a few weeks then going a bit further?
  6. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Cross levers I’d say
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  7. Crackle

    Crackle Pah

    I'd agree, cross levers. If you fit flat bars, then you've a bunch of attendant problems to solve as well as the expense of new levers and gear changers. I would only go down that route if the cross levers don't suit.

    Funnily enough my wife has just gone the other way to a drop bar bike. She did choose one with hydraulic brakes as the feel and force were immediately more reassuring than cable discs or calipers. It was also easier to adjust lever reach. She was also trying to solve a carpal tunnel problem and the varied positions available for drop bars were an immediate benefit, something to bear in mind.

    She did say the new bike feels twitchier that the mtn bike she's coming off, which it is bound to and there is always some adaptation to do. The other thing to consider is bar shape and width. It could be that changing the bars could also be beneficial, what you need to do is find a store and peruse some drop bar bikes to see what might suit
  8. Mr.Lacis

    Mr.Lacis New Member

    Thank you all for your advice. Really helpful and reassuring. Will start with the cross levers, then when she gets better and back on the bike start gaining confidence on quiet roads, etc, but will see how she fills with an extra aid of cross levers :smile:
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