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Old 01-14-11, 03:46 PM   #1
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New Handle Bar/Brake lever

Hi everyone. I recently got a new Windsor Clockwork from BD. After riding a bunch I've realized I barely use the drop bars and mostly use the bars as if they are straight.

So this has led me to look for a good straight bar and a new brake lever. The bike has tektro brakes, so do I need a tektro lever? Do I need new brake cable or can I use the cable already attached? And do any of you have a good suggestion or two on a straight handlebar? (26.0mm diameter)

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Old 01-14-11, 06:09 PM   #2
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Thanks DoomKitty. Could you recommend any good handlebars and/or levers?

I was looking at these:

Levers:

http://www.bikepartsusa.com/bikepart...e-brake_levers

http://www.amazon.com/Tektro-RL726-a...048221&sr=1-25

Handlebars:

http://www.amazon.com/Deda-Dritto-Si...5047683&sr=8-3

I'm thinking of just keeping a front brake, but I'm still deciding. If anyone has good experience with a certain product I'm looking for, please let me know!

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I had this as a brake lever for a front brake only and it worked fantastically. No issues, ever.
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The stuff you posted would certainly work, but I'm way too cheap to pay $40 for a brake lever and $40 for a handlebar. IMO, unless it's something really awesome it just shouldn't cost that much.

Here are my suggestions:

http://cgi.ebay.com/New-Shimano-LH-I...item5197274696

Ok, so I couldn't find any flat bars with a 26mm clamp. Are you sure it isn't 25.4mm? Cause then you'd have a lot of options.
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Ok, so I couldn't find any flat bars with a 26mm clamp. Are you sure it isn't 25.4mm? Cause then you'd have a lot of options.
Wouldn't something like This work to offer options?
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I have a Nitto B2520AA flat bar with a 26.0mm clamping area and 22.2mm bar size. It's 52cm wide and has a slight 5 degree sweep to it. You can buy one here:

http://www.benscycle.net/index.php?m...oducts_id=7587

This is the lever I use:

http://www.benscycle.net/index.php?m...oducts_id=5708
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I think I'm gonna check out a LBS tomorrow and see what they have to offer. If anyone has anymore information on parts or the best ways to get this done, let's here it!

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You can use 25.4mm bars in a 26.0mm stem with a shim. Cut one out of a beer can or buy one.
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Flip 'n' chop.
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I've been looking at some risers now and found these:

http://www.amazon.com/Origin-Alloy-R...5205484&sr=8-3

I see that they are 25.4mm, so I will need shims of some sort, but what size brake diameter would I need?
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I've been looking at some risers now and found these:

http://www.amazon.com/Origin-Alloy-R...5205484&sr=8-3

I see that they are 25.4mm, so I will need shims of some sort, but what size brake diameter would I need?
Probably 22.2mm, which means you'll need mtb levers like this http://www.benscycle.net/index.php?m...oducts_id=5708 Also, you'll need a brake cable with an mtb end like this http://www.benscycle.net/index.php?m...oducts_id=8863
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