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Old 08-13-10, 09:34 PM
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STI's for Surly LHT with butterfly handlebars

I recently did a tour on my new Surly LHT, and decided I dont like drop bars for touring, as I often have to deal with city traffic, dont want to spend the time further forward holding the brake handles waiting for the emergency situation, and want access to the changers when I am braking.

I am going to give butterfly bars a try, but if I dont like them (have never used them before), I want to go to something more like a mountain bike setup with bar ends.

What I end up with will have to be robust because in a couple of years I am planning to ride from here in western China to Turkey via the 'stans.

So I am looking for some shifters that will work on both butterfly bars, with our without integrated brake handles.

What have you tried that works? What have you tried that doesnt work?

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I'm using a Rohloff hub, it's Grip shifter goes on the end of the bar followed by the brake lever..
the nearest side of the trekking bar bend.

For a derailleur scheme , consider thumb shifters, rather than STI, there are pauls thumbies brackets that ley you mount
the Indexed bar end levers on the handlebar. Shimano's bar end rear shifter has a friction mode when the indexing proves unreliable.

Myself ,I bypassed the whole STI thing , used friction shifters, bar end suntour, for decades, then got the IG hub.
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My LHT has flat bars with the bar end shifters mounted on the bars with Pauls Thumbies. It should work with your butterfly bars as well.
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While I dont mind friction shifters, there is one problem I have with them. When road conditions permit, I like to listen to music, and this means I cant hear a badly trimmed shifter

Do you guys have any pics of your setups?

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I have not personally tried it but it does look rather interesting and I plan to buy this and use it...The H Bar handlebar.

The creator and the story is here... https://www.jonesbikes.com/h-bar.html

JensonUSA has them for $59
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Originally Posted by azesty
Do you guys have any pics of your setups?
Here are some of my LHT showing the bars, the bike out on a long credit card trip, and the bike out for local ride.
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Pauls thumbies will let you use the right side index/swich-able Shimano bar end shifter mech , and the left one too.
that means you keep the index shifting that came on the new bike.

though neither an LHT, nor having a Shimano drivetrain, this is a link
to my trekking bar fitted bike.
https://www.cyclofiend.com/working/20...clark1008.html
you wont get good shifting with a variety of chainring sizes out of a STI front mech,

so you still need to hear whether you are dragging the chain after a shift
front or rear,
across the derailleur chain cage.

take out one earpiece from your ipod thing.

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Originally Posted by azesty
I am going to give butterfly bars a try, but if I dont like them (have never used them before), I want to go to something more like a mountain bike setup with bar ends.

So I am looking for some shifters that will work on both butterfly bars, with our without integrated brake handles.

What have you tried that works? What have you tried that doesnt work?
flatbar stis:

https://cgi.ebay.com/Shimano-XTR-ST-M...ts_Accessories

If the brake lever snaps off, though, then no shifting on that side
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