Thumbies for Silvio

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Thumbies for Silvio

Post by Hardtailcruzer on Sun Apr 05, 2009 4:34 pm

I love thumb and bar end shifters. They are simple, elegant, direct, light, and have a wonderful "snick-snick" action when you shift them.

It's been hard to use these on the Silvio because road bars, even our beloved Origin 8 Gary's, put the shifters in an awkward position. Using Paul's Thumbie adapters put the cables in an unfortunate position.

So I cut and cobbled some stuff and came up with this:



It uses a set of Bacchetta tweener bars that I cut off at the bend and turned around, with a pair of Performance Bike "Forte" bar ends, some FSA Vision aero brake levers (or tektro, but the FSA's are nicer) and I put the Dura-Ace shifters in the ends of the cut off bars. The shift cable will route theough the clamp space in the bar-end, and pick up the housing on the other side of the clamp, which I will relieve to accept the housing. The whole thing will get wrapped in bar tape.

You could substitute a cut-off set of road bars for the tweeners; you might need to open the clamp up on the bar end a little to accomodate the typically larger diameter of the road bar.


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Re: Thumbies for Silvio

Post by R42Pilot on Sun Apr 05, 2009 7:29 pm

Not bad, not bad at all. This is a pretty good solution, too:





I have several hundred miles on this setup and have found it to be quite satisfactory.

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Post by teacherbill on Sun Apr 05, 2009 8:03 pm

I like the tape job!!! thumbs up

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