Shift levers on top of handlebars?
I have an LHT complete, bar-end shifters, and I'm really tired of them. I like the simple friction shifters, but I'd rather have them mounted on top of the handlebar, or maybe on the stem.
The reason is that I spend most of my time with hands on top of the bars, and it destroys my rhythm to have to reach all the way down for them. Somemtimes, both are needed. I'm also tired of the shifters hitting walls when I lean the bike, hitting my knees when I'm out of the saddle, etc.
Though I don't think it matters, I'm using a mountain triple.
How do I do this? I have an old 'dale r400 I could take down-tube shifters from, but not sure how to mount them. Any other options?
me have long head tube
What you want is Paul's thumbies. You can mount bar-end or down-tube shift levers on the tops of your handlebar.
Rivendell also sells them.
You should also check out the SunRace bar-top shifters. These are just standard friction thumbshifters, and cheap.
You can spread them to fit on a road bar although they are designed to fit on a mountain-bike-type flat bar (smaller diameter).
As a long-term issue, maybe you're a good candidate for flat bars on your road-touring bike. There are lots of people looking to switch flat-bar bikes to drop-bar. Ideally you could find someone and trade parts.
You gonna eat that?
Or just pick up a pair of old school stem shifters. They're extemely common on 70s and early 80s bikes.
Beautiful, this was exactly what I was looking for.
Originally Posted by dcullen