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    Will this shifter/brake set up work?

    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).



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    It should be OK. You could wrap right over the shifter clamp as well.

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    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.

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    I want to see how you make those interruptor levers work with non-aero brake levers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blamp28 View Post
    It should be OK. You could wrap right over the shifter clamp as well.
    I tried a practice wrap over the shifter clamp, and it looked really really bad every way I tried it.


    Quote Originally Posted by Grand Bois View Post
    I want to see how you make those interruptor levers work with non-aero brake levers.
    I just switched the brake levers to aero ones. The picture was just to show the general setup.

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    [QUOTE=RoboMonkey;11476738]I tried a practice wrap over the shifter clamp, and it looked really really bad every way I tried it.

    Having a thumb shifter there is going to look "bad" (to other people) anyway. So I'd say aim for function and comfort first.

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    Just curious - what is the reason for this layout? Trying to get all controls on one side?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LarDasse74 View Post
    Just curious - what is the reason for this layout? Trying to get all controls on one side?
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoboMonkey View Post
    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.

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    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.

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