As you can see in my profile picture, I have an '06 Novara Safari which came stock with butterfly bars. My "dream bike" is a Co-Motion Pangea, which shares many of the things I like about the Safari, (26 inch wheels, disc brakes, etc.) but has drop handlebars. I have drop bars on my Bianchi Volpe and I find them much more comfortable than the butterfly bars. I have had riders tell me I can't put drops on the Safari and others tell me I can. My LBS thinks he could do it, but it would take some work and money. What do you think? Can I? Should I? I can't afford the Pangea at this time, but need a "stout" touring bike for my ongoing exploits on the Lewis & Clark Trail. My other option is wait untill next winter, sell both the Safari and the Volpe, put the Pangea on a short list to Santa, and see what I find under the tree next Christmas.
Open to thoughts and ideas.