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    Ritchey brake lever setup

    Did anyone notice the brake lever setup on Tom Ritchey's bike in the last Dirt Rag issue (Riding Rwanda)? They appear to be out on the end of the bar ends. I often think while I am riding that the only reason I ever go to the main handle bars is because I need to brake. It seems that having the brake levers out on the bar ends would make sense since my hands spend about 90% of my time there.

    Anyone ever experiment with a similar setup? Pros? Cons?
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    Quote Originally Posted by galleywench
    Did anyone notice the brake lever setup on Tom Ritchey's bike in the last Dirt Rag issue (Riding Rwanda)? They appear to be out on the end of the bar ends. I often think while I am riding that the only reason I ever go to the main handle bars is because I need to brake. It seems that having the brake levers out on the bar ends would make sense since my hands spend about 90% of my time there.

    Anyone ever experiment with a similar setup? Pros? Cons?
    looks like some bullhorn bar brake levers, no? why not?!
    hmm, also looks like v-brakes (an' I don't spy a travel agent, but w/ TR who knows what kinda of one off levers those might be... the levers have an interesting flare to 'em.)
    I also spy an allsop/jp morgan type of suspension stem on there actually probably a good alternative suspension for this kind of tour.


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    Front tire

    Is his front tire on backwards? Ritchey's, not the other guy...

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    No, it is not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by galleywench
    Did anyone notice the brake lever setup on Tom Ritchey's bike in the last Dirt Rag issue (Riding Rwanda)? They appear to be out on the end of the bar ends. I often think while I am riding that the only reason I ever go to the main handle bars is because I need to brake. It seems that having the brake levers out on the bar ends would make sense since my hands spend about 90% of my time there.

    Anyone ever experiment with a similar setup? Pros? Cons?
    You sound like a candidate for Jones Hbars.

    Tom's levers look like aero bar levers. He have probably been riding something like this setup for years. Note the Softride stem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by galleywench
    Did anyone notice the brake lever setup on Tom Ritchey's bike in the last Dirt Rag issue (Riding Rwanda)?
    Great article. Look for the Rwandan SS MTB team in the future.


    Quote Originally Posted by galleywench
    It seems that having the brake levers out on the bar ends would make sense since my hands spend about 90% of my time there.
    Could one not set up a set of cross style interupter brake levers like that?
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    I've never seen aero bar levers where the cable comes out of the end. The ones I use run parallel to the blade. Presume that he's jacked them up in some custom fashion?

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    I wish Ritchey made real frames again and not that silly break away s**t.
    Bet he could make a real cool ss ...always liked his stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    You sound like a candidate for Jones Hbars.
    I've considered it, but not sure if I am ready to experiment with such an expensive item. Right now I am running cane creek bar ends (the rubbery ones) and I really like the position (parallel to the bike) and I'm not sure I could get used to the positions the Hbars present.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpinWheelz
    I've never seen aero bar levers where the cable comes out of the end. The ones I use run parallel to the blade. Presume that he's jacked them up in some custom fashion?
    All you have to do is run the cable through the lever in the other direction.
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    That's not making a ton of sense to me, mate. Threading the cable the normal way would, as expected, pull the cable. Threading it the other way would effectively 'push' the cable, no?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpinWheelz
    That's not making a ton of sense to me, mate. Threading the cable the normal way would, as expected, pull the cable. Threading it the other way would effectively 'push' the cable, no?
    No. It pushes the housing. Same way the 'cross bar top levers work.
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