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There has been a lot of discussion on how to get V-brakes to work with road levers, but has anybody tried the opposite? There would be more cable pull and less leverage, but is it unworkable?

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TF
 

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Better options...

I like to use flat bars on my road fixie and will probably be building a "touring" bike with flat bars very soon. There are a few options:

1) Find older mountain bike levers that were made for cantilever brakes. Same pull as road calipers so they are perfect. See the picture below of an older pair of Ritchey Logic ATB brake leverss for cantis. I found them in black on eBay rather cheap to match my Ritchey flat bars and MTB stem.
<img src = https://www.bikecult.com/works/archive/03bicycles/kogswellFZfr.JPG>





2) Just purchase the new Shimano flat bar brake levers made for road calipers online or from your local shop. They should be about $15-25 dependiong on where you get them.
https://aebike.com/site/page.cfm?PageID=30&SKU=BR4855
<img src = https://aebike.com/site/images/library/catalogs/soc/prodl/BR4855.jpg>





3) Get a pair of DiaCompe MTB levers built for cantis (similar to #1) from Nashbar. They are currently $34.95 but Nashbar alway plays around with prices. Not even 2 weeks ago these same levers were "on-sale" for $9.99.
<img src = https://www.nashbar.com/nashbar_photos/medium/YB-PC700.gif>




Hope this helps.

TurboTurtle said:
There has been a lot of discussion on how to get V-brakes to work with road levers, but has anybody tried the opposite? There would be more cable pull and less leverage, but is it unworkable?

Thanks,
TF
 
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