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Old 06-30-08, 09:40 AM
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Shift Lever Question

Not sure this is the right place, but I just put together a bike (old road frame, installed all the parts myself at the lbs - first time ever). They didn't have the shifters I wanted. So as a qiuck fix we put on stem shifters.

It's a 12 speed bike, and I installed bullhorns on it (i never use the drops). Was wondering if it made more sense for me to put downtube shifters on (there are already braze ons for it - and i like the simplicity, but am worried about being out of position to shift) or bar end shifters. Which would work the best on this type of setup (i will be using friction only). If bar ends make more sense, how do I install them.

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Old 06-30-08, 09:49 AM
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What do you have for tradeing stock?

I have a pair of 7-speed bar Shimano bar end shifters that I'm not using. PM me if you have some bike stuff that's roughly equal in value to trade.
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Yeah, barends on bullhorns are the way to go. Downtube shifters are only convenient if you're on the drops (or, I suppose, are shaped differently than I am...).
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Are bar ends on bullhorns still the way to go if my hands are mostly in the horizontal position? Also, if I get bar ends, I would need to get cable housing, I'm assuming, and cut that and grind it to size. Is this right? Would it make most sense to have my LBS do this? Or is there a simple way to cut housing to size and get it all smooth?

I can do the downtube install myself. So that's the only real advantage to that.

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