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You just remove the downtube shifters, put cable stops in their place on the bosses (e.g. Shimano SM-CS50), and then route the cables for the brifters using those cable stops like you would any other bike. Tons of people have done this and are perfectly happy with it. There isn't a problem with doing this so long as the shifters are matched to drivetrain ...


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Since you have a relatively "flat" spot there (at least flat in the longitudinal direction) you have two options: You can epoxy on a replacement boss I did this on a recent Al frame with the exact same problem. I bought a metal (steel) cable boss from the local bike builder and epoxied it myself. I used Loctite's Metal/Concrete epoxy since it's designed ...



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