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Old 11-24-09, 01:51 PM   #1
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A basic gear question from a Road Cyclist

Well I must be an old man now. I used to ride mtb all the time, but when I really rode, I did not care what I was riding and hence have no memory of it. Now I am a road cyclist, and therefore obsessed with my gear. Go figure.

Here is my question to anyone out there kind enough to answer. I bought a little steel "project" road bike to just ride around to the store, etc. Nothing really fancy. But I want to put flat bars on it. To be more specific, I am going to pay a mechanic to do it for me. Sad? Maybe so. Lazy? For sure. But that is how it is.

I have no idea where to start choosing my gear. So I thought I'd just ask. What is a good bar / brakes / trigger shifter? Will any do? Weight is not a huge consideration. I have a SRAM 9 speed, and a some kind of triple. Currently set up with ultegra brifters.

What are the names of some decent trigger shifters and brakes?

Any suggestions are appreciated.
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Old 11-24-09, 02:22 PM   #2
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If you have a SRAM 9sp rear der then you'll have to go with something compatible with that der. The Shimano front shifter won't work with a SRAM rear der. That said, I love the layout of my SRAM shifters. Both up and down shift are handled with the thumb versus a trigger/thumb combo with a typical Shimano. With the Shimano I was always accidently triggering a shift when I'd re-grab the bars. None so far with the SRAM.
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I recommend Avid Speed Dials for brake levers. You can adjust the modulation/lever throw to work well with road calipers.
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