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Old 12-14-06, 11:19 AM   #1
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How to: Installing Bar End Shifters in 7/8" Alloy Bars

Not everyone has the tools needed, but click here to see how I do it
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Old 12-14-06, 02:40 PM   #2
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Very clever! I suppose I could substitute hardwood for the aluminum bar. I don't have a 7/8" drill bit, but I have a Forstner bit that size.
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I'd rather use my laser CNC machine.















Of course, I don't have a laser CNC machine, nor an industrial-sized drill press.

I'll grant that it is a clever solution.
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Old 12-14-06, 05:19 PM   #4
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Thanks

Thanks for all the work that went into showing us how to do this.

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Old 12-14-06, 06:52 PM   #5
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I'd like to see more stuff like this. It should prabably be in the mechanic's forum shouldn't it?
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A lot prettier than my technique of hogging out the inside of the bars with a grinding stone in a 3/8" drill.
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Old 12-14-06, 10:55 PM   #7
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I'd like to see more stuff like this. It should prabably be in the mechanic's forum shouldn't it?
I posted it in response to the discussion of North Road bars here, but your probably right.
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Old 12-15-06, 06:34 PM   #8
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Barends on alloy bars

Mark,
Great post, thanks for the info! Several weeks ago I asked on here if bar end shifters could be used on Northroad bars......NOW, thanks to you, I know the answer!
I like the ride of my Schwinn Suburban (northroad style bars but stem mounted shifters) so well I am thinking of converting my 1990 Bianchi Alfana to northroads with barends! I'm also looking at another bike as a possibility!

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Old 12-15-06, 09:48 PM   #9
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Why not use a gunsmith's barrel vise?
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After paying $45-$69 for one, it would probably be just as much work to adapt it to hold the bar verticaly on a drill press table as it was to build my clamp from $2 worth of aluminum.
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After paying $45-$69 for one, it would probably be just as much work to adapt it to hold the bar verticaly on a drill press table as it was to build my clamp from $2 worth of aluminum.
Your gizmo looks/works just like one. And most of the ones I've seen/used were also homegrown.
I guess not everyone hangs out in gunsmiths.....
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