Touring - Ever damaged your bar-con levers?
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Hi, I've just ordered bar-cons (been on stem shifters up to now)... Was just wondering if anyone has damaged their levers (bike falling over, taking a tumble, whatever)? Could you "road fix" them? How sturdy are they?
I thought maybe I could take my old stem shifters along "just in case", but maybe this is overdoing it...
Thanks for your thoughts :)
I've scrubbed the heck out of the rubber tips, but never broken them; keep in mind that you can turn them any direction you like, to fit what feels right to your hand, and to avoid damage....
08-31-09, 06:39 AM
the only damage i've done was to scrape the leaver after a heavy fall,broke my collorbone, i've never actually seen any leaver broke in all the races i've been to .so fear not my friend there the best thing since sliced bread.
They're about as simple as it gets and pretty bulletproof, which is why they're the primary choice for a lot of tourers.
08-31-09, 08:22 AM
Mine have some pretty deep gouges but they still shift flawlessly.
Shimano bar cons with one sided support appear to be more vulnerable to being bent than the old Suntour ones that held the lever on both sides. Last year my LHT fell over without me on it and knocked the support in about 5degrees and have been using it since. I had similar falls happen to the old Suntour and that never happened. I wouldn't consider it a vulnerability requiring the need to carry a spare.
I broke one off years ago, when the bike fell over just wrong. I wound up drilling a hole and screwing in a 2" self-tapping screw. I wrapped the screw in friction tape and shifted with that for several weeks until a new one came in.
08-31-09, 11:44 AM
I've abraded the bejeezus out of the rubber covers. I was thinking that of all the parts on the bike, including the frame, they are likely to last the longest. And if the handlebar does somehow get crunched so that the expansion plug can't be used, you could still put the rest of the lever onto a downtube braze-on to use as a shifter down there.
08-31-09, 04:58 PM
Over the course of a long tour, a bunch of sweat dripped onto my Barcons, and must have corroded something, because they became very stiff and difficult to move. They work OK, but need some WD-40 every couple of weeks.
Thanks for your replies, this has definitely increased my confidence in bar-con levers :)
Truman: Great repair hack! Good to know about :cheers:
09-05-09, 08:13 AM
I just orderd a pair of new in box 80's vintage suntour barcons from a e-bay store called cyord. They are 7 speed index or whatever speed you need friction. They are coming from the Med. so I will be waiting a bit for shipping to the U.S.
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