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Arabesque bar end shifters**********??

Old 05-21-11, 06:08 PM
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Arabesque bar end shifters**********??

I was showing a friend what my yellow Dawes looks like and noticed something about this web example......



Am I dizzy or does that look like an Arabesque lever? If so, I can't find any web evidence of there ever being Arab bar end shifters. Were there? Or, was/is this some adapter dude used or some modification??
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There are some pods which make it possible to use braze on type downtube shifters as bar end shifters, a few companies make them, I can't really recall the 2 I know about for some reason, wasnt rivendell one?
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looks great!!

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There are some pods which make it possible to use braze on type downtube shifters as bar end shifters, a few companies make them, I can't really recall the 2 I know about for some reason, wasnt rivendell one?
yep, here's the rivendell one.
https://www.rivbike.com/products/show...ts-pair/17-068
I've never done this myself, but mind the caveat on the site about shimano levers: "If you have Shimano dt shifters then you need to get the Shimano spacers"


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Oh, I've known about those. Jagwire made some, too........though I think they've been discontinued.

This raises another question, though.........were there Arab' braze on shifters made? I have the clamp style and have only seen clamp on style.

Yes indeed.........those do look great. That's why I'm kinda hot to find out the story on this. .
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https://www.rivbike.com/products/show...ts-pair/17-068
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Originally Posted by thook View Post
This raises another question, though.........were there Arab' braze on shifters made? I have the clamp style and have only seen clamp on style.
just take em off the clamp. works fine on brazeons.
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Well, okay then!!! Thanks for the link, too. From appearances, it just didn't look like they'd fit onto braze-ons.

From what I gather on the Riv site, also, these pods will work with the Promenade bar? It does say will work with any bars Riv sells save the Moose and Dove.

This is getting rather interesting.....ooooooo!

Oh, and one more question.......not related to this at all. How well does a Duopar work with bar end shifters in any of your experience......anyone? I read some article.......don't recall where........just something I stumbled across........that the Duopar had to be modified in some way so that it would work well with the longer cable pull of a barcon. True? Someone's overly active mechanical mind?
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There'd be no modification needed. If you use one of those riv bar con pods the cable pull will be determined by the lever you hook onto the pod. The lever isn't changing, just the mounting position
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I've never seen a bar end shifter up close, so let me make a clarification.....

The author of this posting I had read was making a distinction between an actual, real bar end shifter and downtube shifters. And, as I recall, Suntour barcons, at that. So, since I am/we are talking about using DT levers, is there a difference, as the author points out, in the amount of pull between actual bar shifter levers and DT lever? You know....just in case, down the road, I have the fortune of having some real Suntour barcons. Or, Campy even.......that'd be sweet.
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That... is... beautiful.
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Isn't it, though!!!

Here's the full set of images........

https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=...TeO5GRgQeanJ1Y

Wish mine were that clean looking, but if someone ever decides to make a set of repro decals for that vintage, my baby's getting a make over.

I have an orange one, too, that is exact size of my yellow. It did belong to the same fellow that I acquired the yellow Dawes from. I went over to his place a couple of days to go to buy some shifters from him and I found the bike without it's wheels laying in the tall grass and having been run over by the stupid logging truck. <<<<NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!>>>> Inside I was flippin' out, but I politely and creatively persuaded him to just let me take it home and salvage the Simplex and GB gear from it. I don't know if I can salvage the frame but I'm going to try. To me, it's the brother to my yellow one. I think I can straighten out the rear triangle pretty darn good (I did the same for his blue Peugeot that suffered the same vehicular type fate), but the drive side chain stay has a major crease in it from the cottered crank smashing into it. The crank is freakin' toast. Gads! Suprisingly, the GT Prestige survived and works!!! Maybe Delrin ain't so bad.....
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