My brake levers came! I had to remove the old handle bars first. Since I was replacing the handle bars, stem, and brake levers, I didn’t need to worry about removing one of the brake levers in order to slide off the old stem. I did however remove the handle bar tape so I could remove the brake cable housings which were under the handlebar tape. I wasn’t worried about the brake cables, and just cut those.
Once I remove the handlebar tape, I pulled off the brake cable housings, then loosened the quill stem, and removed it from the steerer tube.
I bought some new brake cable housings, so I removed the old brake cable housings and cut new ones the same length.
The brake cable housing for the rear brake runs through the top tube. Trying the get the housing back in was a pain. I knew I wouldn’t easily be able to get the housing to come back out the far side. So I ran a brake cable into the top tube, and was trying to get it to come out the other side. My plan was to stick a small wire loop in the far hole, and try to catch the wire and pull it out. But that wasn’t working. But in my playing with it, the cable mananged to come out the hole on it’s own. I ran the cable housing down the cable, and used the cable to guide it out the far hole.
I mounted the stem that came off my Jamis tri-bike onto the threadless adaptor. Then I mounted the adaptor into the steerer tube. I mounted the handle bars to the stem. Then I mounted the Cane Creek levers on the handlebars. I wasn’t sure of where they would be best positioned. So I punted. I know that on older bars, you generally wanted an approximate straight line along the flat part of the botton of the drops to the bottom of the levers. I wasn’t sure on these new style bars and levers.
I ran the brake cables and hooked up the brakes. I roughed out the position of the handle bars. Then using electrical tape, and taped the brake cable housings to the handle bars. There was a slot along the inside of the bars for the brake cable housing the route through.
I had some black Bontrager cork handlebar tape, but I didn’t retape the bars yet. I had a bike fitting coming up, and I thought he might want to adjust the position of the brake levers. I would re-tape the handle bars after the fitting.