island girl wrote:I have a tour of over 3000 miles coming up and was thinking of changing my flat bar Specialised Bike to drop bars.
My experience of changing things just before a long trip is DON'T. In the majority of cases when I have made significant changes to our bikes just before a longish tour, I have had problems with the things I have changed.
You sound like you are one of the lucky people who have already discovered a handlebar setup that works for you. You have a set of automatic responses learned on the flat bars which work for you. Take away that familiarity and those automatic responses and you have to concentrate more on the business of cycling.
Then there is the problem if you discover you can't get on with dropped bars during the tour.