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Unfortunately, the owner was not around for me to inquire, but it appears that the owner of this fine specimen feels that mountain bikes are the new up and coming time trial machines. As your keen eyes can see, someone has added TT bars to a pretty average pub bike, but for some reason unbeknownst to me, has felt that its a good idea to move not only the brakes but the gears as well onto the bars.
Meaning, in order to stop or shift gear you have to be in the TT position! Now, I'm not sure how many of you have tried to steer/stop whilst in the TT position, but saying its tricky is an understatement. There is a reason why the pros have the brakes located on the flat bars after all.