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    Aero Levers with Centerpulls?

    Many people have told me that aero levers are far superior to nonaero levers. So I ordered what appear to be the perfect set for fixed gear bikes, the Tektro R200A.

    However, my 80s-era bike uses centerpulls, and the cable stop is incorporated into the headset. Is this setup going to work with aero brake levers? Or will the cable's turn be too sharp?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bklyn View Post
    Many people have told me that aero levers are far superior to nonaero levers. So I ordered what appear to be the perfect set for fixed gear bikes, the Tektro R200A.

    However, my 80s-era bike uses centerpulls, and the cable stop is incorporated into the headset. Is this setup going to work with aero brake levers? Or will the cable's turn be too sharp?
    Here's a kind of crummy picture to illustrate:
    Maybe use a noodle to keep the operation smooth



    Good Riding

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    Thank you, Doug. But...a noodle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bklyn View Post
    Thank you, Doug. But...a noodle?
    I take it the noodle is that thing making the bend to the headset cable stop.

    Anywho, I'm using the same Tektro levers on a bike with cantilever brakes. It has just the bend in the cable that you're worried about (no noodle), and based on my experience, you needn't worry.

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    My wife's bike has centerpulls with those tektro levers- works fine.
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    I've got Aeros with cantilevers. Nice, crisp braking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bklyn View Post
    Many people have told me that aero levers ... centerpulls ...will the cable's turn be too sharp?
    I finally broke down and took off my Campy nonaero levers and bought two pairs of Shimano aero levers [recommended by Sheldon ]- one pair went on the bike with Record (sidepulls) and the other went on the Atala with Universal mod 61 center pulls... both bikes enjoy much better brake control and I don't get sore tendons in my hands any more.
    The noodle sounds like a nice idea, but you'd be surprised how sharp a bend the housing can take. Do it!
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    Thanks to all your advice. Wow. What a difference. I should have done that a long time ago.

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