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Whats with these tops on brakes road bikes?

Old 01-27-17, 03:15 PM
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Whats with these tops on brakes road bikes?

Hey so I seen a few around and I assumed it might just be a vintage non standard thing. But I noticed that theres new bikes been made with drop bars and the brakes on the tops instead of brake hoods.

Whats the point of this? Does this mean that I could convert a hybrid just by throwing on drop ends?

Heres a picture of one of these bikes

https://single-speed.co.uk/collectio...roducts/ashton
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Old 01-27-17, 03:46 PM
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Seems to be a coaster brake on a single speed bike which usually don't have regular brakes. Other bikes this style are fixed gear so they stop by stalling the pedals. Usually found one singlle speed bikes. Some have a flipping rear wheel that may contain another gear. I hava also seen that type of brake on regular road bikes. Both sides. That gives a roadbike 4 levers. Not sure why somebody needs them, mabe uncomfortable with the drops.
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Old 01-27-17, 03:47 PM
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Maybe referring to "interrupter" levers ?? They common on cyclocross bikes, that also have regular brake levers, as it allows braking from 2 hand positions.
Perhaps you could use only interrupter levers ?
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Old 01-27-17, 04:01 PM
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The bike Your link takes me to has neither drop bar nor brake levers. So what are you talking about?
Best I can guess is that you mean cross/interrupter levers.
These can be used separately or together with regular drop bar levers on a couple of different bars and in different setups.
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Old 01-27-17, 04:26 PM
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Interrupter levers are common in two contexts:

1-They can be used to add a second braking position on a single brake cable. This is especially popular for cyclocross bikes, where some people like having braking positions on both the hoods and the tops.

2-Interrupter levers often come with attachment hardware that allows you to add them to and remove them from handlebars without removing things like adjacent grips or bar tape. This is especially handy on single-speed /fixie builds, allowing you to swap handlebars quickly even if you're using brakes.
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Old 01-27-17, 04:31 PM
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The pictures of the bike alone doesn't have brakes, but the girl in white is riding one with interrupter brake levers.

As far as I know, only two reasons for it.
  1. They are cheaper
  2. Some people rather ride upright like that, never on the hoods or drops
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Old 01-27-17, 04:37 PM
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Ive also spoke with many fixie/single speed riders. Many have said they go for simplicity. That may have something to do with them. Also lightweight weight too.
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Old 01-27-17, 06:48 PM
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The bike in that pic is a single speed with a single front brake. Incredibly simple setup that way (that lever may be able to be added/removed without retaping bar), either for practical or legal reasons.

As an alternative use, I have the aforementioned cross levers on my touring bike, which also has regular aero levers. Lets me sit more upright in traffic, which I value in a crowded environment.
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Are those really "interruptors" when they're not really interrupting the cable housing?
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Old 01-29-17, 12:19 AM
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That is simply called a cross lever. All-City makes some pretty cool looking levers. Have one of these on my fixed gear.

Cross Levers | Parts | All-City Cycles
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Makes sense to me.

Braking on a fixed gear is less effective and requires more planning, might as well take advantage of the additional air resistance in an up-right position. Also the minimalist simplicity seems to suit the fixed gear style better.
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