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Old 08-05-12, 12:25 AM
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Vintage handlebar suggestions for cable routing

Greetings to all !!!

I am on my way to revive an old Colnago (mid 80s)
but for certain reasons I decided to go for new groupset (Veloce).

However, I want to keep the handlebar and the stem vintage.
My only concern is about the cable routing.
I have a 3TTT (I believe its either the Paris-Roubaix or the Podium)
and it has the convex slot in order to pass the cables
(it was used for my Shimano 600 brake calibers).

I might have to change the size though,
since I believe it's a little wide for me.
Getting new bars is not an option.
I am after the complete "D" profile.

So, do you people have any names to through
in order to start looking?

Thanks a lot
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ghandee, Maybe the translation, but I'm a little confused as you write that "..new bars is not an option." I'll take that to mean you want to keep your stem and find handle bars with a 25.4/26 mm clamping area, is this right?

If you're going to use ergopower shifter/brake levers you'll want to find handle bars with a double groove for cable routing in a width that's comfortable.

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I have mounted sti on bars with and without grooves. Yes, you will have a lump under the bar tape, but it has never caused a problem for me.

With an Italian bike, I prefer Cinelli bar/stem combo, although I put a Modo combo on my last Italian build.
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I have mounted sti on bars with and without grooves. Yes, you will have a lump under the bar tape, but it has never caused a problem for me.

With an Italian bike, I prefer Cinelli bar/stem combo, although I put a Modo combo on my last Italian build.
It's not a "lump" It's an ergonomic, ovalized, optimized hand-grip shape.
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It's not a "lump" It's an ergonomic, ovalized, optimized hand-grip shape.
Plus, the resulting teardrop shape when you locate the cable towards the back of the bar is much more aerodynamic than a plain round section....

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Thanks for the replies.
Bradtx, by "new handlebars" I mean "new style".
I will stick to the traditional 1" Quill stem with the corresponding handlebar.

I would also like to correct the name I gave earlier. The bars I have are 3ttt Merckx,
if you know them.
The have the slot on the back and never had problems.
Do you think 2 cables (shifters and brakes) will not fit?

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Plus, the resulting teardrop shape when you locate the cable towards the back of the bar is much more aerodynamic than a plain round section....

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It's not a "lump" It's an ergonomic, ovalized, optimized hand-grip shape.
No, when the cable exits a Gen 1 or 2 Ergo and is crossed over the handlebar just behind the Ergo lever, it's a LUMP, and it hurts. On my Gen 2 installation with Noodle bars (no grooves) I moved my cable route to the front of the bar as soon as it exited the lever body, and routed it along the front of the bar until it got close to the stem. You need to position the cable carefully and secure it with sticky tape before overwrapping with normal cosmetic or padded handlebar tape. Don't count on the leather, foam, or cork to secure the brake cables.
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No, when the cable exits a Gen 1 or 2 Ergo and is crossed over the handlebar just behind the Ergo lever, it's a LUMP, and it hurts.
This is one of the many reasons why I'm not a "purist" when it comes to C&V. When stuff is junk toss it, and buy perfectly good modern components to replace them with. The Tektro R200's are $25. Why deal with painful junk?
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No, when the cable exits a Gen 1 or 2 Ergo and is crossed over the handlebar just behind the Ergo lever, it's a LUMP, and it hurts.
Since I switched to aero-style brake levers around 1987, I've always routed my brake cables along the front of the bars as soon as they exit the lever. I use vintage Cinelli 64 (no groove) bars with Dia Compe aero levers (see attached photo). Cable exits on the lever on the front and stays on the front of the bars away from my palms, so I'm having trouble picturing the painful "lump" you're speaking of.
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