Curious about Guidonnet levers on Radonneur type bars/bike??
So I've been eyeing some of the DiaCompe Guidonnet style levers for some time, mostly because I'm considering moving to a more upright bar position and think they look good on the Porteur style bars.
In my research though I commonly see these type levers mounted on drop bars, specifically Randonneur type bars.
This link has a good example but there are many:
I guess I just don't understand the utility of this. I have Randonneur bars (old SR) on my Peugeor right now, and for me they make riding on the hoods/ramps as well as the drops a little more comfy than on regular drops.
I do use the tops sometimes just for a change of position, but because the bars flare, its not what I would call a comfortable position.
So, can anyone tell me, if what I've come to learn about the Randonneur bars is true, then why were they used so much on the old French Randonneur bikes, which were made for distance riding, given that the braking can only happen on the tops of the bars, which isn't the most comfortable position?
Maybe I'm missing something, enlighten me!!