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Tri-bar brake levers on drop bars...

Old 04-01-06, 10:07 AM
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Tri-bar brake levers on drop bars...

I think I've seen this done before, but I could just be hallucinating. If you are going to run a front brake on a fixie, couldn't you plug a brake lever from a tri-bar into the end of a set of drop bars?
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Old 04-01-06, 10:29 AM
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sounds legit
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Old 04-01-06, 10:52 AM
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useful if you only ever ride in the drops, otherwise it's just pretty decoration in the event you need it.

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Old 04-01-06, 11:52 AM
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I've also seen people reverse an aero lever.
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Old 04-01-06, 12:07 PM
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It puts your brake lever where it'll get hit a lot, and as someone pointed out here, you have to be in the drops to use it. Plus, be aware that aero brake levers aren't particularly strong -- if you need reliable braking they are rather flimsy.

Here are a couple simple alternatives:

1. The Paul Compact brake lever. It mounts on the 22.2 mm part of your bar (which is most of it) and is best located right next to the stem. You can brake with one hand on the drops and one on the lever, or both hands on top. It also works nicely on cutoffs or aero base bars. Paul also makes a cyclocross top lever that is a similar idea, a bit lighter in construction, but that has a hinge so you can put it on or remove it without removing grips or bar tape. The drawback is that the lever is long enough that the tip of the lever gets pretty close to the curve of traditional track bars, so you don't have great hand clearance and your brake cable adjustment has to be pretty tight. Not a problem with the Love Compact levers from Paul. Check them at http://www.paulcomp.com/.

2. The Goldfinger BMX lever is also hinged, is super-compact, and actually comes in gold anodized, red (!) and black. It's a one-finger lever, but since a top tube lever needs to be pretty short or it collides with your bars (if you're using traditional track bends) this isn't a problem. It's very nicely made and one of the best BMX levers out there. You don't get as much pure power as you will out of the Paul's, but it will stop you as well or better than an aero lever, costs much less, and it's much less obtrusive -- people will hardly notice it's there.
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Old 04-01-06, 12:15 PM
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Originally Posted by 11.4
1. The Paul Compact brake lever. It mounts on the 22.2 mm part of your bar (which is most of it)...
It was my understanding that the diameter of a typical Nitto track bar was 24.0 mm, not 22.2 mm. Unfortunately I can't find anything to back that up, but I thought mountain brake levers would only work on drop bars by spreading the clamp pretty significantly.
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Old 04-01-06, 01:00 PM
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I don't think it would be very practical but I'm certain that it would look like crap.

Edit: I don't buy the "flimsy" argument. I have Cane Creek TT levers, and they seem OK. They have no bearings, just a not very well-made brass bushing (?) so they tend to rattle. Otherwise, they work just fine even after the bike fell on them a couple of times at low speed. Not exactly beefy, but they don't look like they will fall apart any time soon.
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Old 04-01-06, 02:01 PM
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I think he meant solid braking wise.
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Old 04-01-06, 02:19 PM
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http://www.tektro.com/02products/10rx20rx21.php

I'm using one of these for my front brake lever and it seems to be working perfectly.

it's also nice and small.
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Old 04-01-06, 03:35 PM
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I have a Cane Creek Crosstop (http://www.canecreek.com/crosstop_lvr.html) that I like a lot. It's not too big & not too small (like that Goldfinger lever) & fits nicely, as snug to the stem as I can get it on my B123s (40s). The lever is also just long enough to snag with a thumb if I'm riding on the shoulders of the bars & need to slow/stop quick.

edit: It's also hinged so you can take it off without janking up your bartape.
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Old 04-01-06, 03:40 PM
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I run the Salsa Cross lever. It looks just like every other cross lever but the lever is drilled out and it's for 31.8 bars. It comes with a shim. I have it right up against my stem, and my tape right up to the lever so it's not so noticeable.
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Old 04-01-06, 04:09 PM
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I've seen this done before. The advantage is that if you don't use a brake for day to day use, but choose to throw one on there for an alleycat or similar situation, you wouldn't have to re-wrap the bars. Also, if you don't use your track bike on the street but decide to take it for a training ride one day, this would be quick and easy.
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Old 04-01-06, 04:44 PM
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I knew there was a Steamroller on FGG that ran this setup...



IMHO, looks a little goofy. But Ira makes some good points about the functionality of it...
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Old 04-02-06, 08:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Ira in Chi
I've seen this done before. The advantage is that if you don't use a brake for day to day use, but choose to throw one on there for an alleycat or similar situation, you wouldn't have to re-wrap the bars. Also, if you don't use your track bike on the street but decide to take it for a training ride one day, this would be quick and easy.

A hinged cross lever like the tektro offers the same convenience without making you look like an idiot.
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Old 04-02-06, 08:53 AM
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+1 on the Cane Creek Crosstop. It's good stuff.
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Old 04-02-06, 05:46 PM
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good god how much flex does that stem have? Why bother to have drops if you are going to moun then that high. A mustache bar would accomplish the same thing and provide a much more stable platform.
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Originally Posted by MKRG
+1 on the Cane Creek Crosstop. It's good stuff.
just put on a cane creek crosstop and i couldn't be happier. feels solid. i think i spent $25 for the pair - less than half of what a single paul cross lever goes for.

one thing to note is that the smaller crosstops mount on the 24mm part of a 26mm bar, so you may not get right next to the stem.
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Old 04-03-06, 02:24 AM
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Originally Posted by dutret
good god how much flex does that stem have? Why bother to have drops if you are going to moun then that high. A mustache bar would accomplish the same thing and provide a much more stable platform.
I wonder what thread he replied to... Even in an imagined thread about a drop bar on a high stem, the answer would be bull**** (a moustache bar, as well as being the most hideous thing in the world, offers no high/low position)
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