Okay. this was supposed to be easy. Pop the curlicue handlebars off my road bike, bars which I've disliked since I bought the bike in 1981, and put on a set of conventional more-or-less flatter bars.
So then I find out that I need new brake levers because the curved brake levers for the curlicue bars only have less than an inch of travel before they hit the new straight bar.
So then after I get a pair of what they called "mountain bike" brake levers from the bicycle junkyard, I realize that they don't have release levers, so I can't take off my wheels.
I like to take my wheels off. Every so often I have to toss the bike into the back of the car, or maybe I'd better lock everything together in whatever neighborhood I'm in, and I need to pop off the front wheel to get it over by the lock..
So what do I do? This has to be a normal routine situation, because the repair guy says that upright handlebars on an old road bike is one of his most popular services. Are there "Mountain Bike" brake levers that have releases on them? What should I be looking for in the ebay used components stacks? What model numbers? I mean for cheap ones. I'm broke.
Or am I just stiffed and I can no longer take off my wheels without major annoying unhitching/rehitching of the brake cables? Sort of makes the quick-release wheel attachments useless, doesn't it?
Any ideas are welcome. Any uninformed guesses are somewhat less welcome, but if you're lonely and need someone to talk to I'm okay with that.