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Brake lever for bullhorns

Old 10-05-09, 03:21 PM
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Brake lever for bullhorns

I have some homemade bullhorns- I like them a lot. They flare out a bit which I find comfortable, and the fact that they're made of steel makes them much more solid feeling than the aluminum bars I've used before. The problem is finding a brake lever that works well with these bars. My current setup is pictured below- the only problem with it is I'd like aero levers so I can hide the cable under the bar tape that'll be going on.

I tried to fit a Tektro RX4.1 reverse lever today and the plug won't fit into the end of my bar, even with the shim removed. It's cut right in the curve, and the way the bar was bent makes it impossible to use an expander plug. So, I'm stuck with aero drop levers. I don't really want a hood there, since it wouldn't be functional at all. What I'm looking for is essentially exactly what I've got, but with aero cable routing.

I'm sure some company has made or still sells what I'm looking for, but I don't know how to find them. Anyone seen this kind of lever?



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Old 10-05-09, 03:24 PM
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I doubt many inverse levers will fit in that bend. I'd get get a typical tektro cross lever
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Old 10-05-09, 03:36 PM
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Have you considered flipping that lever upsidedown and have it be parallel to the bar and the ground?

And I feel like you might be able to find a hood brake lever for cheaper than a TT lever.

For example, you can get a pair of Promax levers for 14 dollars.
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Old 10-05-09, 03:36 PM
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I shoved a bmx lever onto mine, but it loses practicality once you have to be on the flats to reach it.
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Old 10-05-09, 03:47 PM
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I ran a cross lever for a while, but I wasn't really into it. I'm generally on the horns to skid or slow down and on the flat part of the bar when I'm cruising, so that lever location is kind of backwards. Lately I've been experimenting with a combination of braking and skidding, which wouldn't be doable with a cross lever. I'll probably just deal with the non-aero routing before I go to a cross lever.
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Old 10-05-09, 04:10 PM
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I used to run my levers like this. Worked pretty well and did not look too bad IMHO.
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Old 10-05-09, 04:22 PM
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A typical aero brake levers would still have the cable exiting the hood upward (as oriented on your handlebars). It might be possible to cut away some metal so that the cable could exit out of the bottom of the hood (i.e. in the same direction of the lever along your handlebars).

I messed around with flop-n-chop handlebars and a road brake lever, but couldn't get it the way I wanted (probably because the parts weren't designed to be used that way). I eventually got a set of real bullhorns and a TT lever, which has worked much better.

If you're stuck on steel, they're available. Here's a nice, but relatively pricey, Nitto: http://www.amazon.com/Nitto-RB-018-B...4781015&sr=8-1

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Old 10-05-09, 04:23 PM
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that looks terrible and dangerous ^^
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Originally Posted by Hirohsima View Post
I used to run my levers like this. Worked pretty well and did not look too bad IMHO.
I've tried this too, but on a flop-n-chop job, the angle came out wrong.
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Old 10-05-09, 04:38 PM
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that looks terrible and dangerous ^^
Terrible, maybe. Dangerous, no. I rode for 12 years with it like that (granted, not every day) and never ran into any issues.

I now run Cobra Wings + Tektro carbon TT levers. The right bars and brakes make a big difference, but not like night and day.
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Old 10-05-09, 04:44 PM
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To the OP. I should send you sticker I ran across last night. It was an old Cinelli cork tape sticker of a TDF TT bike with what looks like flop-n-chops + an aero lever. You could put it on your bike and say see? It was good enough for the guys on the tour!

Need to scan tonight and post.
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Old 10-05-09, 05:24 PM
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I had a similar dilemma. I ended up finding a proper bullhorn bar I could fit the bar end levers into.
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Old 10-05-09, 09:03 PM
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Inverting the levers worked for me:

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Originally Posted by arkiemark View Post
I'm glad i came across this post, i just came across a couple pair of bullhorns for my projects but was wondering the same thing! I knew keeping the old parts around would be good for something one day!!!!
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Originally Posted by Hirohsima View Post
I used to run my levers like this. Worked pretty well and did not look too bad IMHO.
Nice looking setup! What brand frame is it? Good looking geometry who ever made it..clean lines. RIde safe Sacto rider
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It appears to be an Specialized (Allez?)
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Old 10-06-09, 12:58 AM
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It was an 80's Allez. That was the pic I used to list it on Craigslist. Basically all brand new parts from a Langster put onto an Allez I had for 15 some odd years....
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