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Old 04-08-11, 04:00 PM
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Considering rearranging my cockpit.

Something that I want to try, but have a question that needs answered before I attempt to do it.

I'm wanting to move my existing bar ends inward- between the stem and the controls. They are of the longer "ski pole" type, and my thinking is that would make for a more comfortable position than what I do currently to get more aero, which is to cruise with my hands placed so that the palms are on the bar with fingers lightly curled on the cables. It's something someone here suggested, I found that it does help a bit. Then I want to replace my stock grips with some Ergons, followed by another set of bar ends. Undecided on either some short ones, or I've seen some from Cane Creek that simulates the tops of the brake hoods on a drop bar.

Anyway, what I need to know is if I can just loosen the shift levers and grip shifters, slide them off the bar, then remount without having to readjust the cables?
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Old 04-08-11, 05:04 PM
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If there's enough slack in the cables yes. If you need more slack, you could loosen the bolt(s) where your bars are attached to the stem enough for you to be able to slide the bars back and forth. By loosening both shifters and sliding the bars toward the stem to get more slack (one side at a time) you should be able to get them off without having to detach the cables from the derailleurs.

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Considering rearranging my cockpit.
This happens to all of us at some point. Just go into the bushes so no one can see you while you do it.
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Stopped by the LBS today and they happened to actually have some Ergon grips in stock- including the GP1, grip shift compatible in my size. Bought 'em without even blinking an eye. Will for sure install these before my next commute, but on the fence about actually moving the current bar ends inboard of the controls.
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Okay, I got the Ergons installed. However, I don't have an allen wrench handy to loosen the controls, so I can't even put my bar ends back on. I tried using my Park MT-1, but there wasn't enough clearance for it to properly engage the bolt.

Also, after the install, I noticed that it looks like my bar isn't as wide as I thought. I'm only going to be able to mount one set of bar ends, so now I've got to decide if I really want them inboard of the controls or just leave them in the traditional location.
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