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Old 09-15-13, 05:55 PM
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Bullhorn bars with drop bar brake levers & bar end shifters?

What do you think of that combination for a cyclocross frame? Would you try Falcon Friction shifters on the end of bullhorns or would you prefer bar-end shifters?

Would you only use one roll of tape for bullhorn bars?
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I have brake levers on the end of my vintage TT bars. Later in the funny bike era, I believe the also used bar en shifters.
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I'd greatly prefer bar end index shifters because it's hard to work by sound and touch on a bouncing bike. Not saying it can't be done, we rode friction for decades before index, but the combination of close trim requirements and a bouncing bike argue against friction.

As to the tape, I use as much as the job calls for, whatever that turns out to be.
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Originally Posted by hybridbkrdr View Post
What do you think of that combination for a cyclocross frame? Would you try Falcon Friction shifters on the end of bullhorns or would you prefer bar-end shifters?

Would you only use one roll of tape for bullhorn bars?
Drop bar brake levers on bullhorn bars? I'd have to see a picture of the bars. Where were you planning to put them?

Last year I had drop bars + bar end shifters on my commuter which I used for cyclocross. It was ok, but not great. I feel like your proposed setup might be a bit awkward to use during 'cross. This year I have drop bars and Campy brifters and I love it.

Another idea I had was to use flat bars and MTB controls. Because really, how often do you need to be 'aero' in a cyclocross race? The extra control might be worth it. Seeing people using 50mm deep carbon rims for 'cross always makes me laugh.
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For racing, no. Most races prohibit forward facing bars or extensions. Flat bars are allowed.

For non-racing, sure knock yourself out. It would be funky and odd, but I could see how you could be comfortable with it.
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I'm using interrupter levers on two bikes with bullhorns, and they work great. Don't look bad either in my opinion.
Using a Sturmey Archer bar end shifter on this one.


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The H bar, literally an H shape, like the one that bike friday makes
would be Ideal as the bar end shifter goes in the back, as they would in a drop bar,

and the brake lever , even a reverse lever , in front./
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And, one roll of tape should do it for bullhorns. You'll be taping less bar length than you would on drop bars.
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Originally Posted by FastJake View Post
Drop bar brake levers on bullhorn bars? I'd have to see a picture of the bars. Where were you planning to put them?

Last year I had drop bars + bar end shifters on my commuter which I used for cyclocross. It was ok, but not great. I feel like your proposed setup might be a bit awkward to use during 'cross. This year I have drop bars and Campy brifters and I love it.

Another idea I had was to use flat bars and MTB controls. Because really, how often do you need to be 'aero' in a cyclocross race? The extra control might be worth it. Seeing people using 50mm deep carbon rims for 'cross always makes me laugh.
It would be on the end of the bars as shown in post #6 . I was thinking of a fast bike but using a cyclocross frame instead of a touring frame since people say touring frames have a boring ride. I'd still want 35mm tires which kind of eliminates some road frames (or minimum 28mm).
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Drop bar brake levers on bullhorn bars? I'd have to see a picture of the bars. Where were you planning to put them?

Last year I had drop bars + bar end shifters on my commuter which I used for cyclocross. It was ok, but not great. I feel like your proposed setup might be a bit awkward to use during 'cross. This year I have drop bars and Campy brifters and I love it.

Another idea I had was to use flat bars and MTB controls. Because really, how often do you need to be 'aero' in a cyclocross race? The extra control might be worth it. Seeing people using 50mm deep carbon rims for 'cross always makes me laugh.
Deep section rims are for mud-shedding rather than aerodynamics in CX.
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+ the plough effect, steers, in deep do doo ..
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+ the plough effect, steers, in deep do doo ..
So, with the right winds you can zig-zag and tack like a sailboat??
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might plant potatoes after the cross race digs the furrows.
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