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Old 11-14-08, 08:26 AM   #1
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Old Peugeot bike-converting....

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I have a late 70's or early 80's Peugeot road bike that i'm converting to a daily commuter.
I've put fends on it, and i'm looking to switch the handlebar to a Nitto North road bar for a more upright position.

In researching to do so, i'm found out through many websites that this handlebar does accept bar end shifters or road brake levers, any truth to this? If so, how come?

If anyone is familiar with this bar, and can also recommend something this looks similar to this that would be great! I'm looking to change my hand position to be parallel to the top tube.

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Old 11-14-08, 10:14 AM   #2
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Nitto bars that are steel or heat-treated alloy should accept bar-end shifters. The standard alloy ones won't, as the tubing diameter is too small.
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Old 11-14-08, 10:15 AM   #3
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Correct, the inside diameter is too small to accept bar end shifters and the outside diameter is to small to accept road brake levers. You will need to use flat bar levers.

If you want bar end shifters and road levers, you could use moustache bars.
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Old 11-14-08, 10:24 AM   #4
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Ok, thanks for the info.

I'm having problems locating bars like the Nitto North road (parallel to the tob tube). Any other brands or styles that you guys recommend? and where can I get these? Even used is OK.

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Old 11-14-08, 10:44 AM   #5
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If you cannot do barcons, consider old school mountain bike thumb shifters as a slightly inferior alternative.
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I already have shiftes, i'm just looking for the bars, and which one??

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Northroad bars will not put your hands anywhere near parallel to the top tube. Look at the Albatross at rivbike.com. They're close to what you are looking for and they accept bar end shifters. Also check Velo Orange.
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Another issue you may have is the stem not accepting the bars.....If it's an old Peugeot the ID of the stem is 25mm vs. the more standard measurement of 25.4. I just ran into that problem myself when putting on some VeloOrange bars. I lucked out and found several 22mmx25.4 (vs. French standard 22x25)stems to make the bar swap a snap. I have a CTA and an ITM. I settled on the ITM 'cause it looks spiffy.

P.S. Check out VeloOrange or Jitensha Studio for sweet upright bars.
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I used 25.4mm bars on a 25mm French stem for many years. I just pried open the clamp and shoved the bars in. That was before I knew better.

Some of the Velo Orange upright bars are road bike diameter and won't take 7/8" mountain levers, but will take bar end shifters. Yhe Jitensha bars are 7/8" diameter, but require a road stem.

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Old 11-14-08, 01:04 PM   #10
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Actually the stem is 25.4.

does anyone have these kicking around? wishfull thinking?
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Soma Sparrow bars are North Roads shape and accept bar-end shifters.

http://www.somafab.com/barsparrow.html

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nlerner, do you think you might a set of bars like the one's i'm looking for kicking around?
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Old 11-17-08, 08:19 AM   #14
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Hello there,

does anyone else have bars that i've mentioned? I know Ken Matthews has sent me a PM and I've responded but I haven't heard from him yet. I'm pretty anxious to finish this bike...

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North Road Bars

Nigel see pic - if you're interested lemme know...
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thanks for the pic, these fit bar end shifters and it's 25.4 correct?

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bar conversion

Beware using the old Peugeot stem. Some of these are notorious for breaking due to metal fatigue. I had it happen on a 1972 PN10? and have read of several other folks with the same problem. Replace it if there is any doubt as to its security. We can all ride with no hands, but not while tangled in cables and holding bars that are not attached to the bike. tom
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FYI, he's only interested in the bars which is what I'm providing. but thx for the note...
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bars with dubious stem

Hey, he's not likely to like the bars if they are swinging the breeze. I'd change the stem and add the bars to the new one. tom
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Moustache an Option?

Hey Nigel,

Are moustache bars an option for you? I may be able to get my hands on a pair for you. They would certainly accept bar-end shifters. Lemme know before I throw these in the mail manana...
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Old 11-18-08, 08:14 AM   #21
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my seating position would be too forward with the moustache bars.

can you confirm that the bars above (see pic) accept bar end shifters?

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Old 11-19-08, 08:44 AM   #22
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yes, i have a pair of spare barend shifters from rivbike and they fit inside. ok, the north road bars it is - i'm headed to the post office at lunchtime...ken
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