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changing dt shifters to brake levers(4 posts)

changing dt shifters to brake leverslen
Mar 21, 2001 6:52 AM
I have a bianchi 9 Speed with down tube shifters. I want to change to levers on the brakes, but what parts do I need? Should this best be left to a bike shop?
re: changing dt shifters to brake leversJohnnyP
Mar 21, 2001 9:46 AM
You need the correct STI/Ergo levers to match your drivetrain. If you have to ask,maybe it's better left to a qualified shop.
I think you can do it yourselfCory
Mar 22, 2001 9:21 AM
I've done it on two bikes, bar-ends on two others, and I'm only an average home mechanic.
As JohnnyP said, you'll need the right parts, but that's what bike shops are for. Go show them what you've got and tell them what you want to do. If you buy the parts there, they shouldn't be reluctant to give you a little advice if you need it (but don't order them from Nashbar, then expect the bike shop to hold your hand).
Installation isn't any harder than any other shifter or brake lever, really. You'll need a downtube housing stop (probably comes with the levers). That mounts where your dt shifters are now, then you just wire it up and adjust it. A bike-repair book (Zinn's?) will help, but you can probably figure it out.
Like Cory said, you can and you might learn something!Bill B
Mar 22, 2001 1:15 PM
Like Cory said, you will need cable stops to mount to the downtube posts and from there on the cable will route just as it does now. You do have to make sure that they are the right levers for your setup, but any bike shop should be able to help you out with it. On the other hand, you could just drop it off at the bike shop and poof it is done. These levers are expensive and the labor, any mechanic should be able to do it in 30 min. I would think, would probably be insignificant to the total cost. If you do decide to go that route i might be interested in your old dt shifters? belk1746@uidaho.edu drop me a line if your interested in selling them.
Happy trails.