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bar-end shifters on cowhorns with reverse pull brakes?(8 posts)

bar-end shifters on cowhorns with reverse pull brakes?DougSloan
Dec 30, 2003 8:16 AM
I'm abandoning the idea of using Ergo levers on cowhorns, due to cable issues. However, I'd like to have the shifters on the cowhorns, not the aero bars (do a lot more shifting when climbing or accellerating than cruising). So, is anyone aware of any reverse pull brake levers (similar to DiaCompe) that allow the bar-end shifters as well? Any combo/integrated product that does this? I've never seen anything, but then I might be surprised.

Can any creative minds out there think of a way to accomplish this, assuming no product available?


re: bar-end shifters on cowhorns with reverse pull brakes?MShaw
Dec 30, 2003 8:42 AM
The only thing I can think of off the top off my head is to use mtn brake levers hogged out a little with your barcons.

Make sure you get the old style cantilever brake levers.

SunTour Command levers?dzrider
Dec 30, 2003 1:58 PM
They clamped next to brake hoods, 7 speed indexing, and usable in friction mode, if you're so inclined. Looked kind of like a giant wing nut, which may be why they appealed to me.
How about Kelly Takeoffs, Doug? nmsn69
Dec 30, 2003 2:25 PM
hmm; velly intellestink; thnx nmDougSloan
Dec 30, 2003 2:47 PM
re: bar-end shifters on cowhorns with reverse pull brakes?mollythedog
Dec 30, 2003 4:38 PM
How about this:

Use cow horn bar, regular aero brake levers but mount them backwards. Have the hood on the underside of the bar with lever underneath the bar. Then you have the bar end open to use bar end shifters. Hope this helps and makes some sense.
thnx; might try that first nmDougSloan
Dec 31, 2003 8:41 AM
re: bar-end shifters on cowhorns with reverse pull brakes?Dorf411
Dec 31, 2003 9:33 AM
I've tried this (aero levers backwards) on aero bars and they didn't seem to have much pull available due to shape of levers and bars. This may vary somewhat with different lever/bars. I may have some pictures of barcons with aero levers mounted which I could post this evening if I get time. It is sort of a goofy looking setup but worked great for commuting. I didn't like the cheap diacomp reverse pull levers much due to the great amount of rattling they made. The best for me has been normal aero levers and if you are carefull you can get them on without too much kinking of the brake cable. A thought may be to cobble something up with some cyclocross levers that would normally mount near the stem.