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Old 06-10-07, 05:28 PM
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Shave/mod bar end shifters

Hello there,

I'd like to use bar-end shifters with a set of north road style bars, but the inside bar diameter is about 4mm too small for Shimano shifters (min. is 19mm, bar is about 15mm). Is it possible to shave or modify the wedges on the shifters to make them fit?

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Old 06-10-07, 05:36 PM
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Paul Thumbies may be another solution. They convert bar end shifters to old fashioned MTB thumb shifters.

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Old 06-10-07, 06:38 PM
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Cool. Thumbies are pretty neat, but not as slick-looking as a bar-end shifter.

That being said, think I could modify a shifter to fit in the 15mm bars?


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If you have the right tools, you can drill the bars out to 3/4" to accept bar end shifters.
http://bikesmithdesign.com/tips/bar-drill.html
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I think I may be able to do something like that. . . would that weaken the end of the bar too much? I mean, it's just about an inch on the end and I'm using the bike for road/touring/commuting not hardcore mountain biking. Plus I'm a 135-pound weakling, so not too much stress on the metal.
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