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Old 01-08-11, 12:13 PM
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To Aero or not?

What is the forum's opinion on converting classic to aero? Aero clearly offers a level of comfort and fit, but doesn't retain the vintagity (word?) of the original levers.

I have a battaglin heading my way with dura-ace levers, but I just don't see myself riding it with those levers.
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I've had two vintage bikes come my way with aero bars on them. IMHO they look kind of strange, but if that floats your boat, go for it. Be aware, they probably will mark up your bars so if you got some pristine bars that you want to stay that way, think about replacing them with some that are already marked up.
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What year is the Bat? I think I started riding Aeros around early '80s (mind is eff with drugs, so I can't remember sh**). Anyway, if your Bat is from that era, it should be fine I think.
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Aero brake levers have been around for decades.
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I prefer to keep bikes as original as possible - To my eye it always looks "right", though if I buy a bike that was "upgraded" to aeros by some previous owner, I will usually leave well enough alone.

The only exception was one experiment on my Bianchi, wherein I deliberately substituted aero levers in a vain attempt to improve the braking. (Next time that bike gets a wrap I'm going back to non Aeros but hopefully some decent calipers).
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If we are talking about aero cable roughing from the brake levers? I have bikes with both aero & non-aero. I prefer having the cables to hook my thumb around. I also prefer my 9 speed Shimano brifters for the same reasons. Just me getting old.
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Originally Posted by matt0ne
What is the forum's opinion on converting classic to aero? Aero clearly offers a level of comfort and fit, but doesn't retain the vintagity (word?) of the original levers.

I have a battaglin heading my way with dura-ace levers, but I just don't see myself riding it with those levers.

The word is "vintegrity".

I think that brake levers can be swapped in no time flat, even taking tape into consideration, so i think i gotta say "personal preference".

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