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Old 05-22-08, 12:58 AM   #1
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Trekking bar w/reverse/tt levers

I just picked up my wife's Surly LHT today and after riding it around a bit she thinks the different grip that a trekking/butterfly bar has to offer would be a more suitable position. I just ordered Nashbar's trekking bar and hopefully it will be on its way soon and I also ordered a set of Paul Thumbies as she wants the shifters to be closer to her rest position.

I've seen a number of setups and done a lot of research here and in Google but have found no mention (or pictures for that matter) of adding reverse/time trial handlebar end brake levers to a trekking bar. I was thinking that bar end reverse levers would be great for this bar.

Does anyone have any experience with this setup?

Thanks in advance and sorry if this has already been answered somewhere else.
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Old 05-22-08, 05:50 AM   #2
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I also got the trekking bars from Nashbar and put them on my touring bike, just like George's picture (but using gripshift). I'd think any regular mtb brake levers would be fine -I didn't try putting the levers farthest away from me as I felt I'd just be too stretched out; if I put a shorter stem on to compensate, I then felt like the bars closest to me made me feel like I was cycling with my arms pointing too much of an acute angle down and almost towards me. Anyway, after messing around with the angle, using a couple of different stems, I just couldn't get on with them and relegated them to my backup tourer/commuter bike.

Strange this is, as soon as I put them on my backup bike, they felt much better. I think the problem with the trekking bars is that they are perhaps more sensitive to setup and require just the right stem length and appropriate rise for the given frame.
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I don't think the ends of the bars have a large enough internal diameter (ID) for reverse brake levers. I tried to put a bar end shifter in there and it was off by a couple of millimeters, so I'm thinking that TT levers would be a little large too.

When I was looking into this, I searched the web and found a few approaches that people had taken to make this work: (1) file or expand the ID of the ends to make them fit, (2) file down the ends of the brake levers by a few mm to make them fit, (3) I saw one person who had created a kind of metal "sleeve" which went over the ends of the bars and into which you could affix the brake levers. Good luck with the project.
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I was thinking more in line with time trial (tt) style reverse brake levers. They would be of the bar end variety so as to fit into the trekking bar's ends thus not having minimal items clamped to the bars and maybe giving a cleaner look. I was wondering if there were any reasons not to use these style levers (i.e. problems with cables, not enough brake tension, not enough room, etc...)?

Levers like these

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Thanks mycoatl for your input (I hadn't reloaded the page before posting my last comment). I will be seeing my LBS today and ask him what he thinks and if he has a pair I can try. Still, I look forward to input from others. Pictures are a bonus too!
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I was thinking more in line with time trial (tt) style reverse brake levers. . . .
Levers like these
I don't know what tt style reverse brake levers are!
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Well,,,,,They went on sale so I got one, I been looking at it trying to figure out how it goes,, thinking,,, H-bar tape, lots of tape,,,,
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I have been using a set of the Nashbar bars for the past 6-7 months and really like them. I have Alivio rapid fire plus shifters set up like the previous picture. I have been thinking of changing things so I leave the brakes there, but move to having thumb shifters mounted up towards the top/front portion of the side of the bars. My hands spend most of the time there and shifting from that position would be more natural.

All I need to do is rustle up some 7 speed Deore shifters, or I could perhaps go 'retro' as I just salvaged a set of Suntour 'Power Ratcheting' thumb shifters from an old Huffy mixte.
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