In the previous blog, I talked about the failed experiment with the Marin Fairfax SC1 with the bullhorn handlebars. In this post, I will talk about how the SC1 became FrankenMarin.
I have another cycle - a Bianchi Nirone Roadbike. I love that bike, especially its riding position. I like the dropbars, and the different positions they offer. So after the bullhorns, I started thinking about putting dropbars on the SC1.
My Bianchi had undergone a reconstructive surgery in 2017, where I had upgraded the entire groupset to a Shimano Tiagra groupset. So I had the old roadbike integrated brake and shifters with me. The old Bianchi had a 3X8 Shimano groupset, which exactly matched the SC1 drivetrain. So my initial thought was to simply put on a dropbar, use the old integrated brake-shifters, and get going. But when you dont know much about a subject, its best to ask the best.
Talking to the one and only Ashok Captain, I learnt that since the SC1 has V-brakes, the road bike brake-shifters would not work, since the brake levers are not configured for the V-brake cable pull. So I would have to buy dropbar brake levers compatible with V-Brakes.
Since the integrated shifters were out, I needed to think of a shifting solution. So again, I tried to make do with what I had, and use the MTB shifters with the brake levers removed. On this, AC said that it might not be the best looking solution, and the cabling will be untidy, and I might end up not shifting as frequently as I should. He suggested looking for bar-end shifters.
So I bought the following items:
1) Tektro RL520 Dropbar Brake Levers:
2) Shimano Dura-ace Barend Bicycle Shift Levers (SL-BS64-8)
3) BTwin Dropbar handle bar from Decathlon
I took all these to Cykler to work on the modification. The rest of the blog is photos from the work done:
1) Putting on the Dropbars with a long stem: I used an old stem from my road bike initially. We put this on, and I tried the bike for the new position. The stem was too long.
2) So, I bought a 50mm stem from Decathlon.
3) After the handlebar, brakes and shifters had gone on, Swapnil from Cykler did the cabling - I would not have been able to do this myself.
4) Once the cabling was done, we had a bit of trouble with the rear shifter, and how to position it to get all 8 gear positions. But we figured it out finally.
5) The bartape went on, and we were good to go.
6) A few adjustments, and the bike was ready.
It was a wonderful experience going through this entire process. Though it hasnt equipped me to do this again, it definitely has taught me a few things about the bicycle that I would not have learnt otherwise!
This has turned out to be a great modification, good for commutes, long rides, and even a bit of gravel and broken roads. Looking forward to many more rides!