How to fit bar end shifters?

swee'pea99

Legendary Member
Is it reasonably easy to fit bar end shifters? I'm a bit baffled as to how the cable gets from the handlebars down to under the bottom bracket - with normal down tube shifters, it's just a straight run. Anyone know of a good link to a 'how to'? (I've tried Park Tools and Sheldon, but come away empty-handed.) Thanks for any advice.
 

andygates

New Member
Easy. You run a cable outer along the handlebars to the shifter boss on the downtube. You'll need a little ferruley adapter gidget there, which you may get with the shifters.

Use bits of tape to hold it all in place, then re-wrap your handlebar tape over the outer to finish off.
 
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swee'pea99

swee'pea99

Legendary Member
Thanks very much for responding. That makes sense. Any idea what I should be asking for/googling for for the ferruly adapter gidget? (I'd be looking to get the actual shifters off ebay, and they seem to come always just as the shifters themselves.) I tried googling it, but got no hits, so I tried google's suggested alternative, and got #1 hit: "[SIZE=-1]ginny insulate bedlington Verdi gidget quipped 313233 rhyme host65 sanatorium ...... orphanage deliverymen persimmon crax host420 adapter tame blondelle", so I'm guessing that wasn't right.
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Never seen Smoking Joes latter and can't envision how the cable run works. The way I was trained to do it is to first of all cut off a section of handlebar each side equal to the length of the shifter body, install the shifters and tape the cables to the straight section of the drops. Run the cable in a 180 degree loop from the lower straight section of the bar to the down tube stops.

I've got to install some on a bike soon and I'm really looking forward to it, haven't done bar-end shifters for ages.
 
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swee'pea99

swee'pea99

Legendary Member
mickle - yor message appeared while I was composing mine...I couldn't find SJ's 'later' shimano's either, but a search on-site producedhttp://www.probikekit.com/display.php?code=A8069
 

Danny

Legendary Member
Location
York
mickle said:
The way I was trained to do it is to first of all cut off a section of handlebar each side equal to the length of the shifter body, install the shifters and tape the cables to the straight section of the drops. Run the cable in a 180 degree loop from the lower straight section of the bar to the down tube stops.
Sorry if I am being dense here, but why do you need to cut off sections of handlebar? Don't the shifters mostly sit inside the handlebar, a bit like ordinary bar ends?

And doesn't cutting the handlebar risking damaging its overall integrity?
 

andrew_s

Guru
Location
Gloucester
You just trim about an inch and a half off the ends. The reason is that then the length of bar plus bar-end shifter isn't much more than the length of the bar alone was previously. If you don't you can find that your knee can knock the shifter when out of the saddle, giving an undesired gear change.
I never bothered. I could change gear with my knee, but it only ever happened deliberately.

There is no effect on the integrity of the bar.
 
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