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    what to do with shifter braze-ons?

    When building a SS road bike, what should I do with the ugly, exposed downtube shifter braze-ons? Seems like a nice opportunity for some cool, bike-art thing-a-ma-jig.
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    I had the same problem on a 1970's vintage Trek. I hack-sawed them off and smoothed it out with careful filing. Those sharp chunks of metal sticking out near my knees made me nervous. If I ever turn the bike back into a shifter again I'll get bar-end shifters and a clamp-on fitting on the downtube. Just put some clear laquer or nail polish on the bare metal or it will rust.

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    Yeah, but I was thinking something like Dice modified (drilled?) to fit over the posts. maybe little fists like the old Ibis, "Hand Job" brake cable holder.

    Anyone got the line on a good SS, super-stylish thingy?
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    I used a set of STI chrome cable ends that I had. Put a little chrome cap over them
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    Chome cable ends? Tell me more.
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    cut them off!

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    put shifters on them and get a track frame

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    If its a nice frame you leave them there so when you are done with the bike as a conversion you or someone else can still enjoy it. If your worried about your knees get some cable stops to go over them.

    If its a POS whatever you want.

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    don't let your neighbor near them with powertools

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    Somewhere on FGG I thought I saw a bell that fit those things. That would be perfect for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sloppy robot
    put shifters on them and get a track frame
    +1
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    Quote Originally Posted by caloso
    Somewhere on FGG I thought I saw a bell that fit those things. That would be perfect for me.
    I did it for a month or two and never really used it. I modified a handlebar bell.


    BTW...nice 3 year old thread.
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    4th time in 2 days that some dude has resurrected a pointless dead thread.
    Clever ****ing trolls.
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