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Old 03-08-08, 12:13 AM   #1
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Inline Brake Levers

My new brakes will be coming sometime next week. So I thought it might be a good time to add some inline levers also. I've never used them before and was wondering if they are worth it. For those that have them, how often do you use them? I do ride a lot with my hands on the flats or the top bend. Actually, I move my hands constantly from the flats to the bends, to the hoods and occasionally to the drops.

Also, does the added levers have any affect on braking? I mean, does the extra linkage cause any lag, mushiness, etc?
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I recently bought a used LHT with inline brakes installed on the flats, and so far they seem to be fine and oh so handy, as I don't have to stretch all the way out front to engage the brakes.
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I want to install one on my tourer (at the front-I love it on my commuter). It's going to be tricky if not impossible to route the cable correctly to reach the cable hanger on the steerer tube. How do you guys do it for cantilever brakes?
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I am thinking about adding in-line brakes to my touring bike. I have tried them, and it's nice to have yet another hand position with brake levers under hand. Or in my case, it might have to be "over hand..." I have aerobars, so I might have to mount the in-lines on the bottom of the handlebar instead of the top.
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Before mounting on the flats, I would consider WHERE on the flats you'd like them mounted. Most shops will automatically squeeze them together on either side of the stem, but some folks prefer to space them wider apart so that they don't have to move their hands from the handle position in order to use them.
Think mountain bike...
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I put some inline levers on my LHT. They're nice. However, with my Ortlieb handlebar bag installed, there wasn't a lot of room. So I installed a double stem setup and lowered the position of my handlebar bag. It worked great. But I ordered a Jandd front rack with a platform so I could haul water on long dry stretches of road, and it looks like the handlebar bag might hang low enough to crowd the rack (which hasn't come yet.)

I know, I know. I'm one of those guys who can't seem to stop buying crap for my bike and adding more and more goodies. I'm also someone who knows that every ounce matters on tour, and I've sent stuff home to cut weight on two different tours. I could probably live without the extra brake levers, then move the handlebar bag up and get rid of the second stem setup and save weight. But... but...Arggh!
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Before mounting on the flats, I would consider WHERE on the flats you'd like them mounted. Most shops will automatically squeeze them together on either side of the stem, but some folks prefer to space them wider apart so that they don't have to move their hands from the handle position in order to use them.
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Thanks, I was thinking about putting them in a position that would be the most beneficial.

Well, it sounds like the people that have them use them and like them. I guess I will go out and get me some. Thanks everyone.
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Heres a photo of my set-up on the LHT

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I have them on my touring bike and my commuter. I love them. I usually am on the tops when slowing so it works great to be able to brake from there. I installed them on my touring bike myself and it took all of about 15 minutes. Got a cheap set from Performance for $12.
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I put some inline levers on my LHT. They're nice. However, with my Ortlieb handlebar bag installed, there wasn't a lot of room. So I installed ...
I put some on my LHT, and they work reasonably well w/ the Ortlieb. They have to be nearly vertical, of course, but are still incredibly useful, and I've even used them w/ thick ski gloves. I almost never use the regular brakes.

On the other hand, my breaks right now are a bit spongy. I've got some koolstops on order, hopefully that will address the problem.
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