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    Wrapping Brake Cables

    I'm a bike newbie. Just purchased a single speed free wheel Peugeot U08...mid 70's. I love the look of the bike (very good condition) and it rides great. One thing I was curious about. I have seen some of these vintage single speeds with the brake cables coming out and up over the handlebars (what I have)...whereas other people seem to have somehow wrapped the brake cables to come down onto the frame (I think this looks much cleaner). Is there a reason or benefit to doing it one way over another? How would you go about doing it if you wanted to make the brake cables look cleaner, an easy fix?

    Clean: http://www.bikecult.com/works/archiv...ugeotRLCrs.JPG

    Thanks! Again, sorry for the novice question. Looking forward to getting on the road!!

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    They are different brake levers. Non-aero = cables like yours. Aero = cable under bar wrap. You can easily swap you brake levers for new ones to achieve this look.
    I'm not one for fawning over bicycles, but I do believe that our bikes communicate with us, and what this bike is saying is, "You're an idiot." BikeSnobNYC

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    Different types of brake levers have different exit locations for the brake cables. Post a pic of your bike.
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    Thanks for the help. Again, apologize for it being a novice question. Really excited to get riding, as well as participate in this forum.

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    No worries. We all start somewhere.
    I'm not one for fawning over bicycles, but I do believe that our bikes communicate with us, and what this bike is saying is, "You're an idiot." BikeSnobNYC

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    Speaking of...

    Anyone know decent and low priced aero brake levers?

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    tektro makes some nice reasonably priced aero levers.

    These are 19.99 from Niagara cycle works, I have been happy with my purchases from them.
    http://www.amazon.com/Tektro-Road-Brake-Levers-Compact/dp/B000AO5GVE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=sporting-goods&qid=1244727291&sr=8-1
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