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Handlebar Help(2 posts)

Handlebar HelpJames_M
Jul 15, 2002 1:48 PM
Is there a rule of thumb to go by when mounting brake levers as far as how high on the bar they go. I noticed that there is a groove on my Ritchey bars where the cable is supposed to run, do the levers go up just below that groove? I realize this may be a matter of personal preference but I have always ridden mountain bikes and don't know the first thing about setting up drop bars. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
judge by the brake hoods...C-40
Jul 15, 2002 3:01 PM
Campy and Shimano levers differ significantly in shape. With Campy levers, It's crtical to place the large relatively flat area of the rubber brake hood (where the palms rests) at the proper angle. This area should be horizontal, or tilted up a few degrees.

Shimano levers appear to be a bit more flexible, but the same principal applies. Some pros riders angle the hoods up by as much as 10-15 degrees (Lance for one).

Old-school advice to align the end of the brake lever even with the bottom of the drop section of the bars is not the thing to do. The ends of the brake levers are often up to an inch higher, once the brake hood is properly angled.

Pictures of professional bikes in magazines like Cycle Sport can provide guidance.