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    Bar end shifters on down tube shifter bike

    is it possible or smart for that matter to put more modern bar end shifters on an older down tube shifter frame.

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    To me it is a matter of preference. There is no right or wrong.
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    Yes, it's quite simple. If the bike has braze-ons for the shifters the cable stops will bolt right on. If not then you'll need to find a clamp-on style cable stop which should not be a problem.
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    thanks

    Thanks for your time. I'm just getting back into biking and I appreciate your acknowledging the newbie.

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    Been there ... done that with my Peugeot UO-8. It is an easy conversion, and a satisfying one if you ride frequently on the drops, as I do. Barcons are an economical, flexible, and reliable alternative to modern integrated "brifters."
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    Not to mention nicer looking. Way more "graceful" than any brifter. Only my opinion though.,,,,BD

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    Welcome!

    I have bar end shifters on all of my bikes. I have used brifters in the past, and I still prefer barcons.
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    I ride on the drops maybe 5% of the time. I'm not young enough to do it more. The rest of the time, barends are no more useful than downtube shifters (distance to shifter almost identical). And the cables are, for me, annoying. Either brifters (and live with the cockpit cables, and love the shifting while climbing), or downtube shifters with aero brake levers (no crappy cables in the cockpit). Just my opinion, of course.

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    You might do better to use moustache bars? Not meaning that in an offensive way. Moustache bars with bar ends have always looked good to me.,,,,BD

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    Quote Originally Posted by ga_mueller View Post
    I ride on the drops maybe 5% of the time. I'm not young enough to do it more. The rest of the time, barends are no more useful than downtube shifters (distance to shifter almost identical). And the cables are, for me, annoying. Either brifters (and live with the cockpit cables, and love the shifting while climbing), or downtube shifters with aero brake levers (no crappy cables in the cockpit). Just my opinion, of course.
    I ride on the tops most of the time, too. I've got Shimano brifters on the Vitus, and Campy Record Ergo on the Eddy Merckx. I love the Campy, because there are no exposed cables like on the Shimano. And since I run 8-speed, I can use Shimano cassettes & still shift. I'm actually running a 7-speed Sachs Aris (Shimano spaced) freewheel on the Eddy right now, with 8-speed Ergo shifters, with no shifting issues whatsoever.

    If I ever convert the Colnago back to geared, I'll put C-Record downtube retro-friction shifters back on it, with a C-Record RD, and a Super Record FD (the C-Record FD is on the Eddy).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikedued View Post
    You might do better to use moustache bars? Not meaning that in an offensive way. Moustache bars with bar ends have always looked good to me.,,,,BD

    +1

    I personally just don't like the looks of bar end shifters....and I'm usually on the hoods or tops anyway...

    The moustache bars look great with the bar ends, though......imho

    I've only got one bike with downtube shifters, an old Paramount...and I like that classic look...although it doesn't fit with my type of riding, it does look good....
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