barefoot wrote:Um... unless I'm missing something... the Earl in question - as seen in the photo linked in the OP - has standard road-style twin-pivot caliper brakes.
Road brakes work just fine with road levers. It's kind of the point.
Even if not... if he's going to be up for new brake levers anyway... if he had V-brakes (or MTB-spec discs), Tektro RL-520 levers are the ducks nuts, and are only about $30 from CRC. I use them with V-brakes on my LHT.
There's no escaping the top tube length thing, though. But if he's looking for a longer position... why not?
who could never do it, because all bikes are too long for him already
No idea what brakes I have. I can take a photo tonight. I am looking for more varied positions (where I can sit upright on the tops but also be able to lean fwd/aero on the drops/hoods) and I find myself attempting to get down into a tuck position on the downhill bits of the boulie but doesn't quite work. Arms are kinda neither here or there. I always think "if only I had dropbars it would be so much more comfy in the tuck position"