Hi guys: I'm looking to purchase a cross bike to use as a general fitness/touring/commuting bike. I'm looking at cross bikes because I want the larger wheel clearance for sturdier commuting tires and fenders and I want a more relaxed geometry than most modern road bikes.
However the models that I'm looking at generally come with the cross top brake levers which I don't want. So my question is this. How easy is it to remove and discard the cross top brake levers? Am I going to need to buy new brake cables and brake cable housings and re-tape the handlebars in order to get rid of them? My LBS doesn't carry cross bikes so I'm only looking at pictures here and I can't tell how the cross top levers are attached and what it would take to get rid of them.