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Old 09-07-10, 12:03 PM   #1
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Home made bullhorns. What about brakes??

Hello all,

Yesterday I chopped an old set of road bars and made myself some bullhorns. As I understand, these are an older set of Standard dimensioned bars. The outer diameter of the tube is .84" and the inner is about .7" (17.8mm). The bulge where the neck grips is 1.0".

Now Im going about the process of finding brakes for them. I would love to use reverse brake levers, but all I can find are ones that fit an inner diameter of 19-21mm.

Has anyone seen reverse levers that will fit my bars? Any guidance would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 09-07-10, 12:38 PM   #2
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I just use a set of interrupter (cyclocross) levers mounted at the end of the bar. The cable-end kinda lays in the adjuster. I don't know if this looks too funky, but it works just fine:

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I just use a set of interrupter (cyclocross) levers mounted at the end of the bar. The cable-end kinda lays in the adjuster. I don't know if this looks too funky, but it works just fine:

That's one very cool foldable. 1st one I've seen with suspension forks!
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If you have long enough fingers, sometimes you can use plain old road levers flipped around so that you can reach them. I once did that with a set of old non-aero levers and reversed the way that the cables attached so that they looked kinda like the brakes on the folder posted above. I ran the housing up under and attached to the lever and stuck the cable end through where the housing usually goes.
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http://www.velo-orange.com/brakelevers.html

Some of these are made to fit road diameter bars.
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Hey all, thanks for the replies. Im amazed at how many and how fast! Awesome community here.

After checkin out the suggested options and doing some research of my own, I think to get the setup I really want its going to take some more modification of the bars. Theyre old and steel, so I think Ill just weld on short sections of wider diameter tube on the end... theyre gonna get wrapped anyway. Ill post some photos when I finish!
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Just use the levers that were on the bars originally.



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I like the second version with the white wrap. I have a box of old road bars and brake levers that I may have to start experimenting with.
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I chopped and flopped some old bars to make bullhorns for my De Bernardi. The brakes I used are inexpensive bar-ends from Nashbar that cost about $20. Another option would be to use shorty levers on the bar tops.
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I like the second version with the white wrap. I have a box of old road bars and brake levers that I may have to start experimenting with.
That's my favorite way to do it too. Especially since with either aero or non aero levers, that's the direction the cable wants to run. no weird turns.
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If you have long enough fingers, sometimes you can use plain old road levers flipped around so that you can reach them.
+1 Did that for a neighbor, works great, looks great and the only cost was new bar tape.
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That's what I did to this nice old Kabuki mixte and used the original levers....worked great......
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Very neat idea with the Flipped bars and levers. I think I'll use that only next build. For this one I wanted a specific look, so eventually I stopped looking for a solution and just made my own. I chopped down turned bars and then added a slightly larger diameter tube on the end to accommodate the reverse levers.



I also had an issue with the neck clamp being too large for these bars. To remedy I welded a strip of sheet metal around the clamp buldge on the bars.

In the end I got the exact size bars I wanted and get to use all the conponents I had in mind also.
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Guidonnet levers are curved to follow the curve, VO has a stash. ..
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