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Old 07-21-12, 11:38 AM
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Brakes mounted for upright pard of road bike.

My road bike of course has dropdowns with brakes and gearshift in one unit (Ultegra). Can I add break levers on the upright portion of the handlebars since I now ride a little more up right, more on flat roads with little shifting needs. Of course I want to keep the current system functioning but add additional brake levers to my system so both are operative.

is this a job only for a bike shop or can I do this myself?

If it is possible for me to do this, where can I purchase the necessary parts to do it myself?

If I can purchase the necessary parts to do it myself, where I would I get the parts and what would they be called?
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Why not just slide your hand on top of the hoods to brake when you need to? It's free and easy. You'd be better off replacing your bars with ones better suited to your style of riding if you're not comfortable on the hoods.
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What you're looking for are 'interrupter levers' These mount to the flat part of the handlebar, and as the name suggests, interrupt the cable housing. You have a piece of housing going from the existing lever to the interrupter, and another piece from the interrupter to the brake. A single unbroken cable passes through, and when you use the lever, the housing is spread apart, thus applying the brake.

I'd try adjusting the height of the handlebars first though, as these are often initially set very low like a racing bike. This isn't really practical for many situations. Raising them a bit may improve your position when riding on the hoods- level with the saddle is a reasonable starting point.
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They are called "cross or in-line levers" or "interrupter levers" as mentioned above. Here is a procedure for installing them:http://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-...s-cross-levers
What is not made clear in the procedure is that the sections of brake housing going from the cross levers to the brakes must not be wrapped to the bars; they need to be free to be moved by the new levers in order to actuate the brakes.
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