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Looking for clamp-on brake levers

Old 03-25-13, 04:59 AM
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Looking for clamp-on brake levers

I don't know if anyone makes these, but I can't find a source if they do exist. Basically, I'm looking for normal road brake levers that clamp on like CX levers do, with a hinged clamp.

Right now, I have a set of Tektro CX levers on my bar, which I can easily take off for the times I go to the track (on the road I ride SS): PIC

I'd rather have normal drop bar levers, since they're easier to get to when riding in the drops, where I spend most of my time. But, I'd like something that quickly clamps on/comes off, instead of having to remove bar tape and slide them into place.
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Old 03-25-13, 07:07 AM
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I don't have an answer mate, but do wonder of your solution might lie in having two sets of bars, one set up for the track, the other for the road. The open faced neck would make the change over very simple.
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Old 03-25-13, 07:11 AM
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If such a thing did exist (which I'm pretty sure it does not), would your bar tape just have a huge gap in it while the levers aren't present?

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Old 03-25-13, 07:23 AM
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Two bars, one bike.
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Old 03-25-13, 07:58 AM
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Bars++. You need to undo 5 bolts (at most) to swap a set of bars, and if you draw a chalk line or something on the stem/bars to maintain orientation, you can probably do the swap in less than 5 minutes.
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Old 03-25-13, 08:31 AM
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Even easier if you make it a bar/stem swap.
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Use a non-aero lever & cloth bar tape. The lever needs to be the type with an separate nut and band like the older GB's. The lever goes over the bar tape. To remove the lever, slack the cable, run the bolt out and pop the clapband off the bar. Re-insatllation; open the band a bit & position on the bar& squeeze it back around the bar, gently place the lever over and tighten the screw.
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Use a non-aero lever & cloth bar tape. The lever needs to be the type with an separate nut and band like the older GB's. The lever goes over the bar tape. To remove the lever, slack the cable, run the bolt out and pop the clapband off the bar. Re-insatllation; open the band a bit & position on the bar& squeeze it back around the bar, gently place the lever over and tighten the screw.
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Old 03-25-13, 08:16 PM
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What are your plans for going up to the track? Are you going to be joining us for some Thursday night races? Or will you just be up there riding for fun?
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Old 03-25-13, 09:22 PM
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moar bars.
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Old 03-31-13, 12:53 PM
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Originally Posted by europa View Post
I don't have an answer mate, but do wonder of your solution might lie in having two sets of bars, one set up for the track, the other for the road. The open faced neck would make the change over very simple.
Yeah, after weighing all my options, this is what I've decided to do. I can remove the one bar with levers and brakes all in one piece, then just bolt the other bar on.
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Originally Posted by Kayce View Post
What are your plans for going up to the track? Are you going to be joining us for some Thursday night races? Or will you just be up there riding for fun?
So far, I've just ridden it for fun while I'm in StL at my in-laws from time to time. If I ever happen to be there on a Thursday night, I'll definitely come join in. I wouldn't mind having others to draft off of, since the wind inside that bowl is ridiculous.
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Old 03-31-13, 01:05 PM
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It can get pretty gnarly down there, but summer is usually less windy. Next time you are going to be in town send me a message. I am always down to ride the track with people. And hopefully we see you out for some racing. The vibe up there is really cool. Very much a DIY family situation.
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Old 03-31-13, 01:43 PM
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Cool, I'll try to remember to.

Question: what tire sizes do most people run there? I've tried 23c, and that was horrific. So, I went to 25c, which are sized almost as large as a 28c (Conti 4000S), and run tire pressure around 85psi, down from 100psi on the road. It seemed to make quite a difference over all of those cracks.
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Old 03-31-13, 09:54 PM
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Most people are on 23s with around 90-100 psi. It takes some getting used to, but thats what balances things out well.
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Old 03-31-13, 10:34 PM
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23c and 120psi, but I weigh 105lbs
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Old 03-31-13, 10:37 PM
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23c and 120psi, but I weigh 105lbs
That's crazy high. You could probably run them at like... 75, haha.
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Old 04-01-13, 11:13 AM
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Also we are talking about a velodrome with lots of cracks and bumps, not encino or the streets of the bay area.
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