Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Classic & Vintage
Reload this Page >

matching, but functionally different, brake levers...

Notices
Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

matching, but functionally different, brake levers...

Old 09-07-12, 01:28 PM
  #1  
67tony
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
67tony's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Williamsburg, VA Sebastian, FL
Posts: 980

Bikes: 1987 Centurion Ironman Master, 1992 Koga Miyata Exerciser, 1992 Schwinn Crosscut

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 90 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
matching, but functionally different, brake levers...

Although a relative noobie I am learning a lot, much of it from this forum. (I've posted this in C & L because I am re-purposing a '71 Schwinn Super Sport fillet-brazed frame...)

My son-in-law, the intended new owner of this project, is jealous of the cool new bikes he sees on his weekly Tidewater Biking Association ride (he's currently on a $20 vintage Ross!). He thinks he wants the Super Sport shifting to be integrated into the shift lever, but also agrees that all he needs is a 7 or 8 speed rear gearing with a single front ring, due to the flatness of the location. The SS frame is a tad heavy, so we are attempting to keep the componentry as light as possible.

So, the main question: Is there a set of reasonably-priced brake levers that (almost) visually match, but have the right lever capable of index shifting a 7 or 8 speed rear derailleur?

THANKS!

Last edited by 67tony; 09-07-12 at 01:59 PM.
67tony is offline  
Old 09-07-12, 01:58 PM
  #2  
JReade
Senior Member
 
JReade's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Vancouver, WA
Posts: 1,617
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 95 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Not that visually match the old style. The lever bodies are not big enough to house all the components.
JReade is offline  
Old 09-07-12, 08:07 PM
  #3  
67tony
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
67tony's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Williamsburg, VA Sebastian, FL
Posts: 980

Bikes: 1987 Centurion Ironman Master, 1992 Koga Miyata Exerciser, 1992 Schwinn Crosscut

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 90 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Right, I guess I should have figured that.

So then, what would be a good 2 x 7(8) brifter set, more silver than black, not near the bottom of the line but not near the top, either.

Is there a thread/link that ranks the quality levels of the early Shimano brifter sets?

THANKS!

Last edited by 67tony; 09-07-12 at 08:59 PM.
67tony is offline  
Old 09-07-12, 08:17 PM
  #4  
you
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: San Francsico, CA
Posts: 324

Bikes: Schwinn Voyageur '89

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
These seem a little expensive to me, but may fit the bill.
http://retroshift.com/store/products/cx1/
You can also find used 8-speed STI shifters for not too much sometimes.
you is offline  
Old 09-07-12, 08:33 PM
  #5  
himespau 
Senior Member
 
himespau's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 11,027
Mentioned: 19 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1494 Post(s)
Liked 63 Times in 47 Posts
I've used this for a while and liked it well enough until I decided to try campagnolo integrated levers.
himespau is offline  
Old 09-07-12, 09:56 PM
  #6  
67tony
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
67tony's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Williamsburg, VA Sebastian, FL
Posts: 980

Bikes: 1987 Centurion Ironman Master, 1992 Koga Miyata Exerciser, 1992 Schwinn Crosscut

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 90 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Originally Posted by 67tony View Post
Is there a thread/link that ranks the quality levels of the early Shimano brifter sets?
Did a little browsing, and answered my own question:

http://www.bikeforums.net/archive/in.../t-797268.html
67tony is offline  
Old 09-07-12, 10:20 PM
  #7  
scozim 
Ellensburg, WA
 
scozim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Ellensburg, WA
Posts: 3,406

Bikes: See my signature

Mentioned: 58 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 190 Post(s)
Liked 5 Times in 5 Posts
From a size and width perspective the Tektro aero levers are pretty close to the Campagnolo ergo shifters. Not sure how they'd look together on a bike.
__________________
1984 Gitane Sprint; 1984 Gitane Tour de France; 1982 Trek 610; 1968 Peugeot PL8; 1982 Nishiki Marina 12; 1972 Peugeot PX-10; 1987 Trek 800 Antelope (touring/commuting set up); 1993 Trek 950 mtb; 1997 Klein Pulse Comp mtb; 1989 Peugeot Limestone hybrid (for touring); 1975 Gitane Olympic; 1983 Vitus 979; 1989 Spectrum Titanium:
scozim is offline  
Old 09-08-12, 05:51 AM
  #8  
IthaDan 
Senior Member
 
IthaDan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Ithaca, NY
Posts: 4,915

Bikes: Click on the #YOLO

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 26 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Expense aside, the best aesthetic matches are either a second generation campy ergo and the cane creek SCR-5/tektro/origin 8 or a SRAM doubletap and then a blank sram lever.

Pretty sure neither of which will come in 8 speed, but you can get to 9 with the campagnolo.
__________________

Shimano : Click :: Campy : Snap :: SRAM : Bang
IthaDan is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
ljsense
Bicycle Mechanics
4
09-28-15 02:58 PM
The Thin Man
Classic & Vintage
26
09-16-13 12:18 PM
Narhay
Classic & Vintage
4
12-13-12 08:21 PM
AngelGendy
Bicycle Mechanics
16
03-15-11 06:53 PM
coldfeet
General Cycling Discussion
3
05-24-10 11:40 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.