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Old 06-13-06, 09:21 AM   #1
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INLINE levers

Is it possible to connect these to older, non-aero style brake levers? If so, could you describe the solution to this problem, or just post a pic?

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Where's that bunny with the pancake on his head?
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Aww, come on powers2b, you really have *no* idea what he's talking about?

peripatetic: It should be possible to put inline levers on, provided the cabling is accessible and you have handlebar space (only need about 1/2"). Basically you just stick them in between the lever and the brake; the brake cable still terminates at the original lever and at the brake itself; it runs through the inline lever. Shouldn't matter whether the old levers are "aero" or not; more to do with the cabling.
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Ugly, but doable. You'll end up with loops of cable over the handlebars, basically - which you may find tanglesome to the hand..
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Ugly, but doable. You'll end up with loops of cable over the handlebars, basically - which you may find tanglesome to the hand..
So we're basically talking HUGE, UGLY loops, right? Can I scrap the drop levers altogether and just terminate the cables at the inline levers?

Let me just expand the image for youse:

I'm setting up a couple of city riders for friends who hate drop bars. Now I'm starting to think that maybe I should just swap out the bars for uprights/risers/promenade bars. Hmmm. Well, with promenade/riser/flat bars, can youse tell me what kind of levers I'd use for use with single-pivot caliper brakes OR with centerpull cantilevers?
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Got it.
I didn't put the title together with the OP.
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So we're basically talking HUGE, UGLY loops, right? Can I scrap the drop levers altogether and just terminate the cables at the inline levers?

Let me just expand the image for youse:

I'm setting up a couple of city riders for friends who hate drop bars. Now I'm starting to think that maybe I should just swap out the bars for uprights/risers/promenade bars. Hmmm. Well, with promenade/riser/flat bars, can youse tell me what kind of levers I'd use for use with single-pivot caliper brakes OR with centerpull cantilevers?

I know that Shimano makes a lever specifically for straight bars on road bikes... I bet that Tektro and the other cheapies would, too. I don't actually know how big a problem just using cheapie MTB or BMX levers would be - might be a little fiddly because of cable pull ratios, but might be just fine. Watch out for clamp diameter differences, too, no matter which way you decide to go.

You can definitely terminate the cables at a cyclocross-type inline lever; I've seen it done a bunch on fixies, but haven't done it myself. Just let the little elad thing at the end of the cable rest directly against the lever.
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I know that Shimano makes a lever specifically for straight bars on road bikes... I bet that Tektro and the other cheapies would, too. I don't actually know how big a problem just using cheapie MTB or BMX levers would be - might be a little fiddly because of cable pull ratios, but might be just fine. Watch out for clamp diameter differences, too, no matter which way you decide to go.

You can definitely terminate the cables at a cyclocross-type inline lever; I've seen it done a bunch on fixies, but haven't done it myself. Just let the little elad thing at the end of the cable rest directly against the lever.
I've got these Nashbar levers. I'm going to try it with them. Why does every brilliant idea on a bike end up with a major hitch?
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The question should be; Do you really want them?
I had them on one of my bikes for about a month and decided they were in the way and added a lot of weight for little utility.
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The question should be; Do you really want them?
I had them on one of my bikes for about a month and decided they were in the way and added a lot of weight for little utility.
Well,

Weight's not as much of a problem with these, since they're all ss setups. My friends generally find riding in the drops here in the city very disturbing, since that low, a person just can't see around cars and such when approaching intersections. Most commuter/recreational riders also just find drop bars unsettling for their balance. They also tend to really dislike clips and straps; I generally feel that I've accomplished something once I've convinced them to use their front brake over the rear, or to ride on the l.h. side of one-way streets.

thanks for the input/comments, all.
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...but since I know what he is talking about, you can't do it. The new inline levers are designed for newer aero levers and brifters. Go with the flat bar/trekking bar idea. You just need MTB brake levers.
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...but since I know what he is talking about, you can't do it. The new inline levers are designed for newer aero levers and brifters. Go with the flat bar/trekking bar idea. You just need MTB brake levers.
Okee, dokee, thanks for the clarification. Nice bunny-cake.
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