Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Bicycle Mechanics
Reload this Page >

Bar end shifters: what do I need to know for my next project?

Bicycle Mechanics Broken bottom bracket? Tacoed wheel? If you're having problems with your bicycle, or just need help fixing a flat, drop in here for the latest on bicycle mechanics & bicycle maintenance.

Bar end shifters: what do I need to know for my next project?

Old 06-11-07, 07:45 AM
  #1  
zanq
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Outside of Ann Arbor, MI
Posts: 189

Bikes: Ventana El Rey, Surly Ogre custom, Schwinn High Plains dropbar beater

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 15 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Bar end shifters: what do I need to know for my next project?

I have an old Schwinn mtn. bike (26" wheels; circa 1990) that is boxed up and would like to do some more work to make it a functional commuter/extra bike. I was using it as a single speed commuter with 700c wheel until the brake setup I tried became unreliable while riding. Here is the current setup:

- lugged, circa 1990 Schwinn High Plains mtn. frame
- currently setup as single speed (will be wanting gears for upcoming longer distance commuting scenario)
- Salsa Bell Lap drop bars
- Dia-compe 287 road/canti levers
- 700c wheels w/ 9 sp. cassette body
- brakes removed (2 sets of canti's in a box; 1 set original to the bike, the other the pair that didn't work)

So I want it to shift and be able to stop with minimum investment and have everything be compatible. What I THINK I need:

- bar end shifters (friction - to have the freedom of 8-10 sp.)
- rear der. (best match to bar end shifters; suggestions?!?!? - only running single chain ring up front)
- Mavic 700c brake adapter (to move the brakes to where they need to be)
- cassette (best match to bar end shifters; suggestions?!?!?)

My brake levers will work with canti's, so I'm good there. I have never used or dealt with bar end shifters before and want to make sure everything is compatible. I plan to look on ebay for most items, so any suggestions on hardware that will suit my purposes, both past and present, are appreciated!!!

Also, if there are compatibility issues I'm not seeing, please point them out!

Thanks!
zanq is offline  
Old 06-11-07, 09:01 AM
  #2  
well biked 
biked well
 
well biked's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 7,265
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 72 Post(s)
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Since you say you'll be using friction shifters, it's not critical which rear derailleur, which cassette, etc. As for which barends, Suntour barends are excellent, they can usually be found on ebay. The modern Shimano Dura-Ace bar end shifters are nice, too, but will probably be more pricey. The Shimano's have an index or friction mode for rear shifting, they're available in 8,9, or 10 speed for indexing. For indexing, it will of course matter which cassette and which rear derailleur you use.

The big challenge I see is getting your canti brakes to work with 700c rims, I've heard of folks doing it but I have no idea how you would get canti's to adjust that much in terms of reach. You might think about using caliper brakes and mounting them in the fender holes on the seatstay bridge and fork crown-
well biked is offline  
Old 06-11-07, 09:54 AM
  #3  
Cynikal
Team Beer
 
Cynikal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Sacramento CA
Posts: 6,013

Bikes: Too Many

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 24 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
The Mavic converter looks interesting. Anyone used this?
Cynikal is offline  
Old 06-11-07, 09:57 AM
  #4  
zanq
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Outside of Ann Arbor, MI
Posts: 189

Bikes: Ventana El Rey, Surly Ogre custom, Schwinn High Plains dropbar beater

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 15 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
For the brakes, I would use these:

http://www.speedgoat.com/product.asp...t=30&brand=155


Is the spacing correct for the hole in the seat stay bridge for road brakes? I don't have a set laying around, so I can't test.

Thanks!
zanq is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
tspek
"The 33"-Road Bike Racing
35
02-16-10 01:40 PM
msincredible
Folding Bikes
32
10-01-09 07:43 PM
cslone
Road Cycling
4
01-15-09 03:01 PM
derath
Training & Nutrition
5
08-14-07 01:24 PM
sbskates
Bicycle Mechanics
68
03-07-06 12:14 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.