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Old 02-24-06, 11:10 AM
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Modular handlebars

Suppose you are using a bike as a road bike, but also want to use it as a tri bike. If I were to simply replace the whole hood/handlebar bit with a tri setup, is it fairly easy just to redo it back to a road setup, or is this damn silly and should I just go with clip-on bars? I'd completely swap the normal road setup of STI for bar end shifters, etc... Are these interchangable, or is this a pain?
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depends on how much you like messing with cabels and derailer tension. If you don't mind doing that then go with it otherwise its going to be a pain. Personaly I think it would be a huge pain in the a$$
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That would be a major pain. Wouldn't this involve retaping your bars every time? That alone should be a strong argument for clip-ons.
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You don't have to completely undo your cables every time. You just need some things like this:

These are cable connectors that let you disconnect the cables between the handlebar and frame. People who travel a lot with their bikes use them.

You would need two extra sets of cables to install them, but once they're in, you will have your modular handlebars.

You could probably skip the front brake, that's pretty easy to swap already.
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If you were going to the trouble, and expense, I'd do it from the stem on. (the correct fitting stem is often a different length with aerobars). Assumming you have your standard road set up now, you would need a new stem, base bars, aerobars, brake levers, bar end shifters, 4 cables and 4 cable connectors. Once it was set up, doing the swap out would only take changing stems, and connecting the 4 cables. It could be done in under 5 minutes. (doing the cable connectors is a snap, we have them on a tandem. If you didn't go crazy with the most expensive bars, you could do this for $250.

Personally, I 'd just get clipons. The only meaningful difference would be you'd have to get out of the aero position to shift.
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