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    Anyone here use Kelly's "Take Offs"?

    I run bar end shifters and sometimes I lie awake at night wondering if they're vulnerable to damage, out there at the end of the handle bar.

    I just found out about Chris Kelly's Take-Offs. Anyone here use them?

    If you've never head of them, they are bolt-on mounts that allow you to mount shift levers (old DT levers or bar-ends) inboard of the brake levers on drop bars. http://www.kellybike.com/2nd_xtra_takeoff.html

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    I ride drop bars off-road. (The excellent On-One "Midge.")

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    Guess that answers the question; What cross racers do in the off season.....

    I have not tried the take off's, but would highly reccomend you try the Paul Thumbies. I ran them last season and was very happy with them. Initially I was just runing a front, but have since put the rear on as well. I can take some pics if you like, there's no races till august (SOB......)

    Doh, just read your Obra post, Never mind.....
    Last edited by BrianN; 02-19-08 at 04:55 PM.

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    They look pretty slick but you'll have to come out of the drops to the tops to shift.

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    Dunno about that. It seems to me that either the take-offs or the Pauls could give you the option of some creative shifter placement.

    But no I haven't used them (or the thumbies). FWIW my bar end shifters have been bonked on the rocks a tone and are still solid as ever. Scratched up, but solid. I've done some pretty unholy things to my touring bie.

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    My bar ends have been great for almost 10 years. Get some sleep.

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    There's a guy on that other forum what uses them.

    I think you can find them on eBay for significantly less than a Paul thumby. I think both approaches are reasonable ideas, especially if you like to ride on the tops.

    Here's the thread (scroll down to the photos):
    http://forums.roadbikereview.com/sho....php?p=1378165

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