« on: May 18, 2009, 08:59:41 am »
1. You can convert any bike to any type of bars.
2. You usually can't do it cheaply.
The change requires new shifters, brake levers, cables, housing, a new front derailleur, sometimes different brakes or travel adapters, bars, stem and grips and the shop labor to do all of the work.
Often selling the unsuitable bike and buying one already built in the configuration you want is less expensive.
I've gone the opposite direction. I converted a straight bar older MTB to drop bars and use it as a rain/errand bike. I rode it with straight bars enough to realize the limited hand positions were too much of a restriction.
I was able to keep the cost very reasonable since I had most of the needed change parts already in my surplus boxes from upgrades on other bikes and, since the MTB had cantilever brakes, the road brifters worked properly with them. I also did all of the work myself.