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Old 08-15-08, 09:27 PM
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Pod shifters on drop bars

Hi folks,

Kind an odd question, but will pod shifters or any kind (without brake levers) fit on the flats of a road bar, or is that too much stretch? 23.8 vs 22.0 or something as I recall, doesn't sound like much but I know you can't realistically (without some dubious machining) fit bar ends on an MTB bar.
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Old 08-15-08, 11:02 PM
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It's more strech than I wanted... So I broke them down and machined out the mounts so they would fit.

I'm runnng MTB pod shifters in near the stem on my old school Canondale. I went with this option years back when the brifters were mondo much money.

It's only about 1.5mm in total you need to remove and from there it'll strech on just find and a bit of wedging in the gap will get it around the bends.

And with care it doesn't need a lathe like I used. A drum sander in a Dremel or a hand drill could work. Or for that matter some patience, lots of checking and a small half round metal file along with at least a shred of skill in how to use it. Enlarging the hole for a clamping fit isn't rocket science.
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Old 08-16-08, 02:54 PM
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And if you accidentally enlarge it too much, a strip of aluminum can works great as a shim.
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Old 08-16-08, 05:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Sturmcrow View Post
And if you accidentally enlarge it too much, a strip of aluminum can works great as a shim.
.... but if you do then the Machinist's Perfection Union will be along shortly to confiscate your Dremel or files......

Just work slowly and check often to avoid Sturmcrow's situation. This is one reason I prefer hand tools over things like Dremels for such jobs. There's far less chance of overdoing it. In the end though it's the operator that is the master of their own fate. Work slowly and carefully.....
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Originally Posted by tromper View Post
... pod shifters ...
For the benefit of the uneducated (me) ... what's a pod shifter? Thanks.
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I always liked the ideal of the Paul Component "Thumbies"

http://harriscyclery.net/itemdetails.cfm?id=2173

which let you mount barcon type shifters up on the flats (either MTB or Road).



I've always wanted to outfit a Karate Monkey as a MonsterCross using drop bars, thumbies and interrupter levers.
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I just installed Paul Thumbies with 10-speed Dura Ace barcons on my Cannondale Road Warrior (flat bar fitness bike)...upgraded to Ultegra front and rear deraileurs. OH MY GOD! Shifting is a dream! My 9-speed Tiagra was good, never really gave me any problems but the barcons with Paul Thumbies are outstanding! Love the infinite trim of the front deraileur.

As noted above, they come in two sizes, one for MTB (7/8") and another for drop bars (26mm).
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Originally Posted by tippy View Post
For the benefit of the uneducated (me) ... what's a pod shifter? Thanks.
Shimano Rapidfire shifters or equivalent from other companies. "Pod" because they look like a ball sort of shape with levers growing from them....
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Shimano Rapidfire shifters or equivalent from other companies. "Pod" because they look like a ball sort of shape with levers growing from them....
I see so "pod" shifters = "trigger" shifters then? You say tomato, I say tomato ... uhh ... wait that doesn't in text, does it? Thanks ... I learn something new every year!!!



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