A few months ago, I wrote that I was beginning the process of converting an old Bridgestone MB-6 to a single speed bike. I’d put a set of slicks on it and pulled off the shifters and derailleurs and cut the chain down to a length that fit on a comfortable sprocket on the rear wheel. Pretty much that’s where the project remains except that I added a new saddle, new grips, and removed the bar ends.
I’ve been debating the handle bar configuration for months and removing the bar ends was something that I’ve been thinking about long and hard. I hate the current stem and bar configuration. It’s totally stock and looks kind of amateur (yeah, I know that’s a silly reason to hate it).
I’ve been thinking about a pair of aero bars with brakes on the ends (this is a single speed not a fixie). I’ve also been thinking about a nice set of riser bars. I just can’t make up my mind and don’t want to plunk down a bunch of cash for the wrong configuration. (Either configuration is going to require a stem change so its not just the bars and brake levers that I’ve got in play.)
At any rate, I took the ride for a spin tonight without the bar ends and I’m not sure about a bike with only one hand position.
I guess these are good problems to have.