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    Mustache bar parts questions

    Hi all:

    Since some people put mustache and classical drop bars on their older rides maybe these questions aren't off-topic and this is a good place to ask these questions:

    Can someone point me to where I can acquire the "pulley device" that allows you to use road-style brake levers with MTB V-brakes?

    Can I use any bar-end shifters with my current MTB derailleur set-up or are there issues I have to worry about?

    Anything I should be aware of before I start buying stuff for the transformation?

    Thanks!

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    It's a cleaner look to use cantilever brakes instead of v-brakes with this set up. Cantis can be found for very little money, and allow you to avoid the pulley. But if you really must use v-brakes, your LBS will sell you what you need, or get it here:
    http://www.universalcycles.com/searc...osearch=Search

    The barcon shifters need to be the same number of speeds as your cassette if you plan to use the indexing. Otherwise they should work fine.

    Both bars will require a shorter stem then you normally run. Drop bars also require a high-rise stem. If the bike has a long top tube, I'd not try the drop bars, but I'm sure others feel differently.

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    The easiest and best way to use V-brakes with drop levers is to get Dia Compe 287V brake levers and barend shifters.

    The cost of the 287V is only slightly more than two Travel Agents (the pulley adaptors) and they work much better.
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    Thanks for your input guys -- I'm thinking ideally I'd like to go with those 287V's because in calculating costs it would be the cheaper route for me if I can find a pair used or otherwise on-the-cheap (which is my goal). Plus as I understand it V brakes have better stopping power than canti's, and I would need to i fashion a way to mount them in the first place, and then still by levers anyway, etc etc. Anyway thanks...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pahearn
    ...Plus as I understand it V brakes have better stopping power than canti's, and I would need to i fashion a way to mount them in the first place, and then still by levers anyway, etc etc. Anyway thanks...
    Your bike does not have canti bosses? Vs and cantis fit on the same mounts.
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    I'm on crack, sorry -- I thought cantilever brakes were like those in the attached picture. So what type are those in the picture?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pahearn
    I'm on crack, sorry -- I thought cantilever brakes were like those in the attached picture. So what type are those in the picture?

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    Haha, that's funny. I was looking at Ebay today for brakes and noticed a lot of auctions had cantis listed as V brakes. It made me laugh and hope that buyers realize they're going to need a cable stop if they don't have one already and don't know what they are buying.
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    Yeah that's probably where I got my mis-information in the first place.

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