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Old 07-23-10, 09:07 PM
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Where to buy cheap barcons

Thought I would post here, since there is a large portion of riders using barcons. I have a 26" mt bike that is going to serve commuter duty this winter and hopefully some dirt touring this and/or next summer. It is in need of some tlc in the way of new shifters and brake levers. So, since I prefer riding drop bars, I thought I would see if I could convert for a reasonable price. I am trying to do this on the cheap, so I am looking primarily for NOS or used friction barcons. Yes, I know jenson has shimano 8-speed for $56, but that is too rich for my blood (though I have them on my touring bike). Anybody have some direction on where to find some (ebay doesn't currently seem to have anything, but I'll watch there)? Thanks all.
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Other than ebay, I do not know of a source for cheap ones. I kind of think I would rather spend a little more for a good one than have to replace a cheap one when it fails.

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I got my SunTour ones for $30 at a swap meet, but after that I had a hell of a time finding a clamp-on cable guide dealy for the downtube!

Of course, since you have a MTB frame that shouldn't be a problem.
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are SunTours still available? Although the lever is a bit short it's not as sharp as the Shimano and the entire structure is stronger than Shimano or single side type.
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Yeah other than swap meets, $56 is ridiculously cheap for a pair of 8 speed barcons. I got mine for $76 from Jenson, and any LBS will charge you close to $100 a pair.

So, if you only want friction mode, you can steal some friction shifters off of a late 80's early 90's mountain bike and use Paul's Thumbies, or you can cough up the $56 to get your barcons quickly, while you're getting such an amazing deal on them.
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