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Covering downtube shifter bosses?

Old 02-16-11, 06:33 AM
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Covering downtube shifter bosses?

Yes, I know this has been discussed before, I read all 7 threads I could find about it. Since all those threads are old [and none of them even mentioned the "problem solvers" solution below], I wanted to start a fresh one and see if any new information is out there.

I have a frame that has downtube shifter bosses that I'm not using. I don't want to grind them off but I would like to cover them. I know Problem Solvers makes some caps but they cost $20+ which seems like a lot for a little chunk of pretty non-descript stainless steel.



If you have (or had) a bike with downtube bosses that you covered what did you use? Bonus points awarded for posting pictures**.

**Pictures relevant to the question I asked.
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Old 02-16-11, 08:12 AM
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Bonus points please.
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Old 02-16-11, 08:25 AM
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Might look cool if you drilled a hole in some sweet bottle caps and bolted those on, maybe.
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Old 02-16-11, 09:10 AM
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bell ftw
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Old 02-16-11, 09:11 AM
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If some one gives me some measurements and a rough drawing I will see what I can make with one of these https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MidPM...eature=related
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I use Shimano downtude shifting levers. They look pretty cool and have this interesting effect of allowing me to change my gearing while riding.
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Old 02-16-11, 09:26 AM
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Old 02-16-11, 09:37 AM
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I used a pair of Shimano cable stops on my Salsa Casseroll. They cost me $14 and come with attractive mounting screws, which is less than the problem solvers, and actually fit better. Someday I may want to put gears on it, and this way it's shifter ready.
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Old 02-16-11, 09:48 AM
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$14:

https://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...s.php?id=31010
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Old 02-16-11, 10:14 AM
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Just get a pair of cable stops, and take out the adjuster. They're pretty much identical to the PS covers, but someday you'll probably need a set anyway.

Or what TT said.
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Old 02-16-11, 11:50 AM
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Grind them off, paint the bike neon pink, and buy some matching Velocity rims. You'll thank me when you have more hipster poon than you can handle.
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Old 02-16-11, 12:05 PM
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just stick a wadda gum on there
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I won't bother spending money on cosmetics for something so miniscule... I'll just leave them like they are.

Chances are if you do care, people will notice them more if you attach things to them.
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Old 02-16-11, 12:28 PM
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I'm not wild about the look of the cable stops. The bell was pretty creative.
I just got a crappy Peugeot mixtie from the 70's and I want to remove the pump pegs and probably the down tube brazed on shifter boss. I would keep the shifter boss if I could adapt it to some how hold a water bottle bracket, since there are no brazed on bosses for them. For those of us who have never removed brazed on pegs and bosses how would we go about cutting/grinding them off? Before anyone asks, I wanted the bike for its mixtie frame.
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Originally Posted by TejanoTrackie View Post
I used a pair of Shimano cable stops on my Salsa Casseroll. They cost me $14 and come with attractive mounting screws, which is less than the problem solvers, and actually fit better. Someday I may want to put gears on it, and this way it's shifter ready.
Those adjuster cable stops also come with every set of Shimano brifters, including the OEM ones sent with fancy race bikes like Cervelos. I have no idea why, since almost no new bikes have downtube bosses, but your LBS is likely to have a box of them they'll part with for much less that $14. If you take out the threaded adjusters they'd look almost the same as the Problem Solvers product.

That bell is my favorite solution though. I'm surprised no one has tried mounting a brake lever on a downtube boss, in the vein of recent SSFG "innovations".
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Old 02-16-11, 08:57 PM
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Plastic thread protectors:



Cheap and widely available.
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Old 02-16-11, 09:10 PM
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Plastic thread protectors Cheap and widely available.
Indeed they are cheap, and they look cheap too. In fact, my Casseroll came with the dt shifter bosses covered with them, and I promptly chucked them. They look better bare with nothing covering them than something like that.
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Old 02-17-11, 06:50 AM
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I should think some enterprising soul could mount a blinkie onto a small screw to go on the shifter bosses.

These screw onto your valve stem, could be made to work.

Or, screw on some dingle balls onto them.

Another option is to cover them with studs. Bag of 75 chrome studs for bedazzling your Harley leather saddle bag is only $9.

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Bonus points please.
That's a C'Mute, yes? What fork did you go with? Looks slick and, unlike Soma's fork, not fugly.
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Old 02-18-11, 06:08 PM
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I drilled out two yellow dice to put on my purple trek 560.
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Old 02-18-11, 06:20 PM
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thats a crosscheck fork
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Old 02-19-11, 01:00 PM
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I just screwed some button head hex bolts in there. But I like the bell.
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I painted the bare metal winter mint to match the rest of my frame and stuck the stock bolts back in there. I'm really liking that blinkie idea though! XD
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Just saying

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just stick a wadda gum on there
Does your chewing gum lose its flavor on the down tub shifter nubs over night?
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Does your chewing gum lose its flavor; on the down tube post over night?
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