I went into Evans in Reading yesterday evening after work and had a good chat with one of the staff about changing handlebars. They conveniently had a Ridgeback Panorama on display so we could chat while referring to the bike. He said there would be no problem changing from the drops to a straight or butterfly bars although I wasn’t able to see any of the latter as they were not in stock. The total cost of changing the bars he put around £100 although by putting the brakes and shifters that are currently on the Ridgeback bars on E-Bay could recoup most of the cost…
Have a look / read of this blog post about a guy who is using butterfly bars.
The Modolo Yuma Traveller Multi Position Hybrid Bars he refers to are available here. The technical description is as follows;
560mm centre to centre, weight 390g. The YUMA shape, born in 1992 at Modolo, has had a sensational success in the Northern European market. Yuma offers a perfect protection for the hands, absorbs vibration from the road surface and with its 3 grip positions, it allows the rider to change their riding position – a great relief for trekking riders. 25.4mm (1″) clamp diameter in centre, 22.2mm (7/8″) grip and control area.
Here is one of many forums discussing the pros and cons of butterfly bars.
The man in the pictures prefers butterflies…