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Old 05-31-10, 11:25 AM   #1
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Brakes on Top Road Bars

I am running front and rear brakes.
My hand position is mostly on top of the bars.
Is it ok just to have 2 cross lever installed?
functional? safety? or will it look just goofy
Opinions plz.
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Old 05-31-10, 11:28 AM   #2
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Some say it looks goofy, but it will work just fine.

They are usually described to me as Bug Feelers.

But they work juts Peachy.
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Old 05-31-10, 11:29 AM   #3
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i did it for a long while until i bought canties that were of better quality, i actually preferred the double cross levers and may go back to them with the next bike i build. and if they look kinda silly (which i dont think they do) who cares as long as its comfortable. brakes are about functionality not fashion, put the levers where you can reach them the fastest in case some ******* pulls out in front of you on the road, if thats cross levers go for it
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Well some say having 1 speed is also goofy.
Might as well go all the way huh
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Old 05-31-10, 11:37 AM   #5
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make sure you get them in the size that fits your bars.
They come in 31.8mm, 26mm and 24mm clamp sizes.
The first two can be fitted somewhere between the stem and bartape, but only work with the appropriate bar clamp diameter.
The last one fits where the tape would be, so they sit out wider than the other two and this requires some wider bars in the 44~48cm range, but fit on all drop bars.

there's none in 25.4mm, but you can just shim 26mm or use 24mm versions.
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Good info. Thx AEO
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I have this very common set up, I kept the orig brakes as I do find myself in the drops from time to time.


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Yeah, my girlfriends road bike runs both, I'm sure there is an instructional video somewhere on how to do this. I'd say go that route, you have more hand positions available and can brake in multiple positions.
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I use a salsa cross lever. It comes in 31.8 with shims to fit 26.

Using it with Campy Mirage caliper and works just fine. I prefer hoods, but those aren't as easy to remove for the track.

Also, just get loud batrape, no one will notice the lever.

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If I could I would run both, but I would not give up the tops of the brake levers for anything.
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My partner used to have his fixed gear set up with a front disc brake operated by a road lever and an interrupt lever for the left hand, AND a front rim brake (cantilever) operated by a road lever and an interrupt lever for the right hand. Four brake levers, two brakes, on the same wheel. The reason was that his frame originally had 27" wheels, and he had 700c on it, so the brake reach in back was too long. But he had a heavy 700c carbon cx fork in front with disc tabs. The reason for so much redundancy was actually for ergonomics, for hand comfort over long distances.
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the last two posts have me boggled.
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My partner used to have his fixed gear set up with a front disc brake operated by a road lever and an interrupt lever for the left hand, AND a front rim brake (cantilever) operated by a road lever and an interrupt lever for the right hand. Four brake levers, two brakes, on the same wheel. The reason was that his frame originally had 27" wheels, and he had 700c on it, so the brake reach in back was too long. But he had a heavy 700c carbon cx fork in front with disc tabs. The reason for so much redundancy was actually for ergonomics, for hand comfort over long distances.
This sounds awesome.
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the last two posts have me boggled.
You can have a standard road brake lever with another set of levers on top that use the same cables... If that clears anything up
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