Those of you with a sensitive disposition who are easily offended may want to avoid reading the rest of this post.
I have removed the rod-brake handlebar and rods from my Raleigh Tourist, and replaced them with a longer quill stem, a Raleigh north road handlebar, Sturmey brake cables and Shimano brake levers.
The new blasphemous handlebars.
Cable-actuated front brake.
Cable-actuated rear brake.
Alternate cockpit view.
Retired rods (with slippers for scale)
Retired handlebar, with grips and roller-levers.
I took the newly corrupted bike out for a test ride, The difference was amazing, what I have lost in style I have gained and more in riding pleasure. The brakes work, and I mean really work; with the rods only the front brake had any real power due to the multiple direction changes the rods for the rear brake had to go through. the bars are also higher now, and feel more natural, making this amazing bike feel even better. I was going to go on the block but I extended my test ride to the Ducie Arms near the Science Park because it was so nice. Even the saddle felt better.
The rods and handlebar will be going up onto eBay shortly. they would be ideal for a restoration project, the handlebar compatible with the standard rod-actuated stirrups, and the rods giving the opportunity for drum brakes, which differ in being able to actually stop the bike.