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    to STI or not

    I had my LBS build me an LHT last year. I've put maybe 5,000 miles on it and crashed a few times. As a result, the levers and the handle bars are about to die. I've been in search of some regular non-STI levers, but i can't seem to find any good ones here in town (live in Hawaii.)
    For new levers the four LBS around town quoted me about forty-sixty bucks.

    I can find are those STI dealies everywhere, and it seems like they're just sort of becoming ubiqutious on road bikes. One shop even told me "they don't make non-STI levers anymore." Of course they were wrong, but still. I am having trouble finding these things at a reasonable price.

    so should i just upgrade now and save myself problems in the future?
    mah-ha

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    First things first. Is this for a drop bar or an upright bar?
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    Biketools, Etc. has all sorts of brake levers at quite reasonable prices. I've found their service to be prompt and efficient. www.biketoolsetc.com

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    Downtube and barcon levers are available from a number of mail-order shops and Bike Tools Etc. Rivendell sells adapters to mount downtube levers as barcons.

    Finally, Kelly Take-Offs (www.kellybike.com) let you mount downtube levers inboard of regular brake levers and are the closest substitute for STI's I know about for much less money.

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    Call me a retro grouch, but I don't consider STI an upgrade. You can get regular brake levers and downtube friction shifters on eBay at good prices.
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    Shimano still makes both bar end shifters in 8-10 speed, and downtube shifters. And while I'm certain that their sinister program of forced technical obsolesence will change this in time, it hasn't yet. Off the top of my head, Dia-Compe, Cane Creek, and Nashbar all make brake levers. I'm sure there's more. I just bought a set of Dia-Compe levers myself.

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    Aero levers, bar ends and DT shifters are all being made and as people have mentioned available in mail order places. Or you can look on ebay.

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