I'm converting my old road frame into kind of a utility bike w/ flat bars, racks, and fenders. I plan on using a Shimano 600 8-speed rear with a Shimano 600 double up front. Can anyone suggest a brake/shifter combo that'll work with this?
Brake levers need to be short-pull. The only ones I can find are some cheap Shimano levers. They'll probably work fine. But I can't find any flat-bar shifters that'll work. Everything only works w/ a triple up front.
If all else fails, I suppose I can find a cheap set of friction shifters (any suggestions?), but I'd like a nice elegant solution like a rapid fire shifter/brake lever unit. But those don't seem to come in short-pull configuration from what I can see.
Price definitely is a consideration, since this is going to be gettin locked up outside a lot. I don't want to cry too much if it gets stolen.