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Brake lever from dropsAxle1
Jul 25, 2002 6:33 PM
Local LBS just set up my campy record road bike. On my old bike I could easily access brake leves from the drops. Now they are barely reachable with the very tips of my fingers. Is this appropriate or should they be moved down bar more? LBS guy said this was no problem because you are not riding in drops that often. What do you all think? Is it possible that he set the cable length and to move the levers would require more cable?? Thanks
re: Brake lever from dropsPing_Pong
Jul 26, 2002 1:58 AM
With the right combination of bar shape, bar rotation and lever position you should be able to get the set up that suits you. As for cable length, try turning the handle bars as far as they will go to the right and left - if the cables restrict the movement of the wheel at the extremes of reasonable steering then they are probably a bit short, other wise you should have a fair bit of adjustment potential.

Maybe try stripping the tape and moving the levers/ bars a bit. If no better I would go back to the bike shop and negotiate - at the standard of equipment you are purchasing they should be very helpfull !.
re: Brake lever from dropsSnowBlind
Jul 26, 2002 8:23 AM
You should be able to reach them. Are the flat portions of the hoods parallel with the ground? Shimano's tend to be placed slanted up, but Campy's are parallel.
re: Brake lever from dropsNoam
Jul 27, 2002 9:24 AM
You may have fitted anatomic handlebars. With the older style classic shape bars there was no reach problems.
It's not the bars, it's the levers....TFerguson
Jul 27, 2002 10:42 AM
I have measured quite a few bars with Ultegras mounted trying to find one with a shorter distance to the levers (including the often mentioned Salsa "Poco" and "Short and Shallow"). They all measure the same from the back of the curve to the front of the lever except for the Terry "T-bar" which has a little dent in the bar at the back of the curve. This gives you about 5 mm (less than a quarter inch) closer levers. This dent is also somewhat filled in with the tape. Not much help.

My solution was to drill and tap the top part of the lever housing and install a screw upside down to limit the travel of the levers. See pictures. It is better to also flatten and angle the screw head so that it comes down flat.

It's like a whole new world when you don't have to let go of the drop to brake. Note that I had to switch from Campy to Shimano to make this work.

What's the blue brake lever in the picture?JL
Jul 28, 2002 5:01 AM
Is that an "emergency" brake from handlebar flat? Sort of like the old "pull up" ten speed levers from back when.

Just wondering?

Extra levers on the top bar for cyclocross. (nm)TFerguson
Aug 2, 2002 4:53 AM