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Old 10-16-05, 03:31 PM   #1
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Bars and Brakes

Finished painting my conversion this morning, and have everything back together excpet the back wheel, becuase I am going to build it. I got to thinking about what to do with the bars and the brakes... I am only going to run a front brake, so I will only need one brake lever (duh!) but I have regular drop bars and the brake levers are just like and other brake lever. I got to thinking, will it be unconfortable, since when I usually ride a road bike, I rest my hand just about the brake lever, only having one brake lever and not being able to have somewhere to put my other hand? On top of that will it look goofy? Should I buy some bull horn bars (never tried them) and a brake lever for those? Or should I just run a regular V-brake type of lever on my drop bars?

I want your guys's opinions on what would prob. be the most confortable and look the best.

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Old 10-16-05, 03:34 PM   #2
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Keep the other lever, but don't connect it to anything. A "dummy lever".

You will still have the hand positions.

I run this setup and it works, and feels great.

If you get all techy, you can remove the lever guts so you just have a hood.

EDIT: Like this; on Harrris Cyclery's Pista SE edition.

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Old 10-16-05, 03:40 PM   #3
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i would say try bullhorns since i think dummy brake levers look a little goofy.
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Old 10-16-05, 03:44 PM   #4
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^^^--Right. I never liked drop bars, but what I like even less is the v levers in on the tops of the drop bars. One's weight is poorly distributed for stopping up there. Bullhorns with 'aero' levers are the best option IMO, but if you like drops, go with the dummy lever thing OR figure out some way--maybe using a BMX gyro cable--to have two levers pull one brake.
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Old 10-16-05, 05:06 PM   #5
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Two levers into one brake, a la this maniac:
http://fixedgeargallery.com/resource...ens/brakes.htm
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Old 10-16-05, 05:07 PM   #6
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Two levers into one brake, a la this maniac:
http://fixedgeargallery.com/resource...ens/brakes.htm
I was going to suggest something along those lines, but with one of those BMX cable splitters.
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I would recomend bullhorns as well. If you ride on the hoods on your road bike and don't use the drops much then you will feel right at home on bullhorns. As for a brake I use a CX inline lever. I have a cheap (flip and chopped) set of horns you can try if you like. I may even have an old BMX lever for a brake. Let me know.
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As mentioned above, you've got options...
1. Drops with a front brake lever and a dummy brake hood
2. drops and a cross lever on the top part of the bars
3. bullhorns with a bar end brake lever
4. flats with a v-brake or cross lever
5. no brakes and whatever bars you like best
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PM me if you have bullhorns to donate!
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Old 10-17-05, 06:48 AM   #10
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Make your own from the original drops. Extra points if they are made of steel. Place brake lever at the end of the LEFT horn, pointing in the original position.

I am totally in love with my home made horns. Double tape them for grip and comfort (old tape and new tape on top), three hand positions, and I can really go hunker down low for occasional sprinting.
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i found big differences between flop-and-chops and bullhorns (i used syntace). the shortness and pleasant of the flop-and-chop was so comfy. the longness and flatness of the syntace horns was anti-comfy. i went to drops w/ inline lever (nobody can tell me they're not sexy! now if only i could cut down that 3cm unnecessary steerer length...)
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I've done dummy brake lever, flipped and chopped bullhorns, and now a nitto bullhorn (the longer one, model 019 i think) with a time-trial brake lever. Definitely my favorite are the nitto bullhorns, which give me a position very much like riding on the hoods on a road bike, but since they are longer and have a little upward bit at the end allow even more hand positions. But also because they are longer a shorter stem was necessary, otherwise I was feeling a little like superman all the time. I also got a stem with more drop so my position ended up, height-wise, between where I'd be in the drops and on the hoods with road bars. Works for me, my hands and arms never get sore, even after 4 hours or more in the saddle, and I can get aero if I need to by stretching out and lowering my back. Plus I have a threadless stem so changing out drop bars if I want to ride brakeless on the track is a 2 minute job.

The only time you should be riding uncomfortably is if you're racing and you're good enough that a few seconds matter, or if looking cool matters more than riding - but then you're probably not riding too much or too fast anyway.
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what I like even less is the v levers in on the tops of the drop bars. One's weight is poorly distributed for stopping up there

how's that, gbd?
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Old 10-17-05, 11:28 AM   #14
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here r my set up..

Multiple bike handlebar setups

S/F,
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I use my fixed gear for training, and I like the feel of having hoods on road drops. Maybe not the coolest for pimpin to the coffee shop, but I can switch hbars easily enough. I didn't like the floppy lever on the dummy side, so I held the lever firmly in place with a wood screw through the eye for the cable. Pull the plastic piece off the top of the lever, screw it down, then replace the plastic piece. No more floppy lever. Just make sure the screw is not so long that it bottoms out on the hbars. Enjoy.
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