Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Bikes: '''96 Litespeed Catalyst, '05 Litespeed Firenze, '06 Litespeed Tuscany, '12 Surly Pacer, All are 3x8,9 or 10. It is hilly around here!
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Uhhh... what? The levers operate the same on either side- the only issue with putting a "left" lever on the right side of the handlebar is that it's friction shifting only. Otherwise, no problem.
Some bar-end levers , older Sun Tour for certain, had the lever ends angled and shaped so that they were more comfortable and ergonomic to use on a given side of the bars. You could use them on the "wrong side" but they weren't as comfortable to operate.
The Shimano 7-speed barends I still have in my parts box are symetrical so, except for giving up the index function, the left lever could be used on the right side with no operating difficulty. I presume newer Shimano barends have a similar shape.