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Help - Fixing up old road bike

Old 04-08-09, 08:23 AM
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Help - Fixing up old road bike

I'm somewhat new to the whole fixing up bikes thing, but I have a quick question.

I'm replacing the old brakes from an older road bike that has the drop bar brakes and cross bar brakes all built into one. I'm wanting to replace these brakes with newer drop bar brakes and then also inline cross bar brakes.

The problem is the handlebars measure 22.2 mm.

The brakes I'm wanting to use are these:
http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...ke+Levers.aspx

and

http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...ss+Levers.aspx

The second brakes say they are for 24 mm bars... is there any way to shim this or what are the other options?

Any ideas?

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Old 04-08-09, 08:57 AM
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Lose the suicide levers. Coming from a fellow noob, you'll quickly realize you never really need them if you're even half serious about road cycling.
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Old 04-08-09, 09:06 AM
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It's not actually for me... for the girlfriend... who I'm trying to entice into riding.

The only way to get her on the bike at all is to put those on there, at least to start with.

I'm worried about finding what fits those size bars though.
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Originally Posted by landontc View Post
The problem is the handlebars measure 22.2 mm.
The second brakes say they are for 24 mm bars... is there any way to shim this or what are the other options?
Any ideas?
Thanks.
A couple of suggestions. Maybe three:
Have you considered flat bars (or low risers) with mountain bike levers? My wife didn't like drops, so I put on a set of mountain bike levers and bars. She loves them.
What about just mounting the cross levers on the existing bars, without using the original levers? She won't miss them because she's not used to them--she'll automatically go to the cross levers from Day One.
You can shim the cross levers in several ways. Easiest is to get a roll of old-school cotton handlebar tape (a couple of bucks at most bike shops) and take a turn or two around the bars under the lever clamps. Adhesive tape or duct tape will work, too. Sounds flimsy, but it works. You can also cut shims from a soda can or other aluminum stock, or buy ready-made shims, though they're hard to find locally and mail-order means $7 shipping for a 75-cent piece. i'd use the tape.
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Originally Posted by Velo Dog View Post
Have you considered flat bars (or low risers) with mountain bike levers? My wife didn't like drops, so I put on a set of mountain bike levers and bars. She loves them.
My wife likes flat bars on her bike as well, but the lack of alternative hand positions can be a problem, particularly when there's a head wind. I built up a "new" bike for her over the winter with drop bars and guidonnet levers. She'll be getting it for her birthday next week; we'll see how she like them.

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Old 04-08-09, 09:44 AM
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So, could I simply do the drop bar brakes and the cross bar brakes as originally intended... yet shim them with cotton tape? My main worry is them fitting snugly.

She has expressed that she wants to start riding and wants to learn riding on the hoods and everything, but simply feels more comfortable being able to fall back on the cross bar if necessary.
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The bars that originally came on my old Fuji were probably a lot like what you are describing. The bar diameter was a good bit smaller than the clamping area. I replaced the bars entirely on that bike when I replaced the original brake levers (like yours) with aero brake levers.

You can replace the bars (Dimension grooved) and brake levers (Shimano R400) for about $60 total at JensonUSA. That doesn't address your cross-braking issue, but you could use those with that bar, if you wanted.

Personally, I didn't miss that braking position when I removed the old-style brakes. To each their own, of course.
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