So I've never seen anyone set up their handlebars like this, and was wondering if there would be any problems. The set up would look like this except with aero brake levers. The brake cable would go over the shifter clamp and the handlebar tape would stop before the shifter and start again right after it (this is the part that I was specifically concerned about).
If that shifter position is comfortable for you, then why not. That's right at one of my hand positions, so it wouldn't work for me at all. I've used thumb shifters on drop bars, and I put them close to the stem, or under the bars (not on top), or beside the "real" brake lever.
I never learned to ride a bike. It is my deepest shame.
Originally Posted by RoboMonkey
I already had these shifters and this is the first thing I thought of. If you think there is a better place to put them, I'm open to suggestions.
Many people have shifters mounted on the bar tops on drop bars... however, usually they go up on the very top as close to the stem as possible.
This solves a couple problems: the whole handlebar except for right beside the stem can now be used for different hand positions; when taping the bar you can simply stop taping an inch before you get to the shifters - it does not look bad to have no tape close to the stem.
You need an aero Brake lever , to use the Topmount 'interrupter' brake ,
brake type has to have the cable housing under the tape ,
then it passes thru the 2nd lever, which spreads the Housing,
to also apply the brakes.
the upper curve of the bars is too useful for a hand grip to have thumbshift there,
I recommended putting it near the stem.