Road bike brakes on fixie

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  1. reedol

    reedol New Member

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    I want to put brakes on my fixie and use standard road bike handles on my drop bars. Any suggestions?
     
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  2. alfeng

    alfeng Well-Known Member

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    Is your Fixie a former Track bike or a DIY or something else?

    Presuming your frame & fork are already drilled for brake calipers, measure the reach betwen the brake mounting hole & the middle of the brake surface of the rim ...

    The choice of calipers can be practical (already on the frame) or aesthetic ...

    • most contemporary Road frames will use calipers which have a 39mm-to-49mm reach

    The type of brake lever you choose should probably be based on whether you are more familiar with a MTB-type handlebar or a Road-type handlebar ...

    If the former, the Tektro/-copy so-called CX auxiliary levers may work better for you:

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    If the latter, then (for aesthtic reasons ... there are other styles) I recommend the Campy-copy levers made by Tektro (yes, those zip ties holding the brake cable housing to the top tube needed to be trimmed!):

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    Or, you could install both types of levers!
     
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