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    I am building up a toring bike, most likely a Surly LHT. What is your all's experience with canti brake levers? I am talking about enough cable pull and hand comfort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by howsteepisit
    I am building up a toring bike, most likely a Surly LHT. What is your all's experience with canti brake levers? I am talking about enough cable pull and hand comfort.

    Thanks for your advise
    For cantis you're in luck because just about anything will work. I've used Diacompes, Weinmann, Shimano STI, etc. Just about all of them are comfortable and work well. Currently I use Shimano Tiagra with Avid Shortys. The levers work well but the brakes are kind of squeally. I changed to Koolstop pads and am having less problems for now. We'll see what happens in the long run.
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    Cantilevers = yuck.
    V-brakes with DiaCompe 287-V levers and Ultegra bar end shifters = nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thor29
    Cantilevers = yuck.
    V-brakes with DiaCompe 287-V levers and Ultegra bar end shifters = nice.
    If Shimano would get off their dead duffs and design STI road levers for v-brakes I'd switch but I'm not a big fan of bar ends so I'll just stick with the cantis (which aren't nearly as bad as you make them out )
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    Good cantis with good pads set up correctly will stop you hard enough to send you over the bars if you're careless.
    I agree with Cyccommute , but use inline levers and brifters.
    So I get that STI thing, and Mtn bike style brake levers for when
    I'm riding on the top of my drop bars. Defintely a cool way to go.

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    Thanks for the input folks, and of course I have a further question. I think that a handlebar bag will not work well with brifters, so I am kind of stuck with bar end shifters, which I used off and on years ago, and was never really fond of them, just kind of so-so. Anyway, what's everybody's experience with handlebar bags combined with brifters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by howsteepisit
    Thanks for the input folks, and of course I have a further question. I think that a handlebar bag will not work well with brifters, so I am kind of stuck with bar end shifters, which I used off and on years ago, and was never really fond of them, just kind of so-so. Anyway, what's everybody's experience with handlebar bags combined with brifters.

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    STI shifters (back in the day we called bar end shifters brifters and I have no idea where you people came up with this idea of calling STI shifters brifters! Ya'all oughta be horse whipped! ) should have enough cable slack to allow you to push a bag in on top of them. I did that for a trip I did in 2003 and it worked just fine. For my latest trip, I did something similar to this. It works well with a medium size Ortlieb bag.

    I'd suggest adding Jagwire inline adjusters while you've got the whole thing apart. They make life easier.
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    If you're not using STI, try cane creek levers. They're comfy and not too pricey either.

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    I like levers that have the release function built in (Campy-$$, Cane Creek) as I tend to use some rather large cross-section tires. This makes it a lot easier to get the straddle wire unhooked with frozen fingers. I think that the cane creek are actually tektro...may be wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyccomute
    I have no idea where you people came up with this idea of calling STI shifters brifters!
    From my understanding it is:

    brake + shifter = brifter

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    I like the loudness of cantilever brakes. I don't need a bell. This is what i got:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...tem=7190820886

    Kinda small, but comfortable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aadhils
    I like the loudness of cantilever brakes.

    Kinda small, but comfortable.
    How loud are they?

    Anyway, I've got a pair somewhere of those Exage levers and yes, they have releases and they are comfortable. The only reason they're currently not in use is because the hoods are white the they look filthy...
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    Quote Originally Posted by toThinkistoBe
    From my understanding it is:

    brake + shifter = brifter

    That what you get when you let kids mess with the language .

    bar end + shifter = brifter

    Or it may just have been saying really fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyccommute
    I'm not a big fan of bar ends
    I'm a HUGE fan of bar ends. In fact I just put them on my Look KG241. You can shift them easily so that there aren't any "clunks", you can tune the front derailleur so that there's no clicking, they're lighter than STI and standard brake levers feel a WHOLE lot better in the hand.

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