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    Drop Bars, V Brakes

    I'm planning to upgrade my 07 Downtube IXFS to drop bars. Trouble is, I can only find one drop-bar lever for V brakes, and it's a Dia-Compe (no problem there) which is priced at 3x the cost of their standard drop-bar levers (this part is a problem). The other solution appears to be Travel Agents, a pair of which come in at (guess?) 3x the price of regular brake levers, and then I'd have to buy the levers on top!

    I really don't want to drop 30 on bog-ordinary brake levers. Is there another way?

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    Tektro RL520, which is identical to the Cane Creek Drop V levers but with less bling on the hoods. I paid $22 for my pair. They're rather bulbous for my tastes, not STI-tumor-ugly, but definitely non-svelte. IIRC the Dia-Compes you mention were superseded by the Cane Creek Drop V anyway.

    Or use Mini-V brakes, which according to Raxel should work with normal road levers. You can check out his JPS Moulton

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    If I start changing the calipers, I'm back into money! Time for me to investigate the levers you mention...

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    Found 'em, almost literally half the price of the others. Thankyou very much!

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    You can use cantilever brakes which are also short pull. Nice ones are to be had for the cyclocross guys.
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    Cantis on folder = heel strike

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