I recently bought a 1980's Bridgestone 700. I have trouble feeling confident on this bike between the narrow drop bars and the downtube shifter. This is my all-steel commuter and I'd like to put either wider drop bars or possibly even flat bars on it. The current bars are 25.5mm diameter (hope that's close enough to an inch) by 16 inches wide. The fork/ stem is 22.2mm diameter. My modern road & mountain bike forks and stems make sense to me but this is a whole different era. I'm also thinking of changing the shifters. Everything is Shimano 600 currently. My questions are:
- Is there any way to get a modern stem with some rise in it on to this bike & what parts will I need?
- If I decide to add a more modern shifter/brake combo what should I look for to ensure that the new shifters work with my existing deraileurs?