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Explorer954

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Safari Drop Bars?
« on: March 25, 2011, 07:36:28 PM »
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.

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Hans
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Re: Safari Drop Bars?
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2011, 12:33:04 PM »
From what I heard, when a bike is designed with drop bars it is not recommended to use butterfly bars on it and same thing the other way around. I mean sure you can do it but the position on your bike won't be optimum anymore so you will loose performance and you might even put stress on your body.

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Re: Safari Drop Bars?
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2011, 01:07:59 PM »
I think the biggest hurdle you'll run into is with the stem.  If you just put drop bars on the existing stem, you're going to be too low in the drops for them to be comfortable.  I don't recall how many headset spacers the '06 Safari uses, but from looking at the '11 Safari, they use quite a bit.  I'd try a 40* stem a little longer than what you have now.  I'm not sure what length stem they come with, but if it's a 90mm, go 100mm with the new one.  It'll likely put the handlebars too high, but you can easily lower by putting headset spacers above the stem to drop it down.  You'll know where you prefer to have your hands on the bars the most, set it so that is the most comfortable.  Here's a pic from my co-motion, I've got one spacer above the headset and have since moved the stem down one more spacer, handlebars are Salsa Bell-Laps:

You'll also likely need to replace your brake levers and shifters.  You'll be slightly limited here if your Safari has disc brakes as there are only a couple of long-pull brake road brake levers out there

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Re: Safari Drop Bars?
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2011, 05:13:06 PM »
I decided to wait. Maybe the Pangea will be next year's bike, and maybe not. For now I have two good touring bikes and I will keep on riding them on the Journey. I have put a lot into the Volpe this year; new front and rear Jandd racks, taller stem, Schwalbe tires. Maybe I already have the ultimate.  All I know right now is the latest snow is melting off the roads, and I am getting the itch...The road beckons, the trail calls.

Let the adventure begin...again!

I am proceeding on...
Hans
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