I recently acquired a new bicycle (long story short: I crashed my other one, which I was considering replacing anyway).
While I understand it's a racing bike of a sort (my weakling self can pick it up with one hand), I hate* the drop handlebars on it and want to replace that with some more upright bars that still utilize the brake cable system. However, I don't understand how to tell what size I would need. What forums I've found on the topic are pretty damn know-it-all rude, like wandering into an "expert" photography forum, half of which propose solutions that don't actually address the issue, and I'm getting frustrated.
I'm really very determined to learn how to take apart and service my bicycle and have been watching a ton of YouTube videos (how to clean _____, how to take apart the rear derailleur, how to oil _____), but replacing the handlebars makes me nervous because I don't want to screw up the gears or the brakes. Halp?
Do you have some good sites to find handlebars online?
*I've tried to adjust my seat, and I've looked at pictures on how it's supposed to be, and I've messed with the dropbars angle quite a lot. I just can't stand them and know that I'm doubly unsafe attempting to use these; attempting to use them in a normal levers-angled-downward position is the equivalent of me riding a fixie because I can't stretch my small hands to hold them comfortably. Currently my setup is like so
, but I just want some straight style bars so I'm neither sitting straight up like now, nor bending over in the dropbar position.
I can't stress enough how much these stress me out. I DO NOT want recommendations on how to learn to use drop handlebars. I really just want to replace them, and I'd rather not sell it as it's a nice bike at an extremely great deal. I've already fallen in love with the frame and the general way she rides. I just need to fix a few things! Thanks.