I am doing some ergonomic changes on my old road bike to convert it to more of a trekking/touring configuration. My question concerns the brake levers. Is it possible to use my current levers which are the type found on roadbikes? If not, what type of levers can I use with side pull brakes on Trekking Bars? Shifters are not a concern as I will continue to use the stem mounted shifters because they work for me.
Road levers work with road calipers, cantis ,and centerpulls,butnot V brakes unless you have the diacompe 287V levers. Flat bars typically have a smaller diameter than road bars, so MTB levers for canti brakes would fit the bars and work with side pulls.
Originally Posted by rodfrank
if you want v-brakes you can check out the tektro mini-v's... they can be had for around $20-25 a pair and have shorter arms that work with regular road levers.