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Brake levers for smaller hands?(4 posts)

Brake levers for smaller hands?MudFlower
Dec 15, 2003 3:34 PM
Hello,

I recently had a bike fit and took my handlebars down by 10 mm. Then, raised my brake hoods by 2 mm.

Before the fitting, I had trouble getting a strong grip on my brakes while in the drops. I feel like I still have this problem to some degree, but more importantly I'm now experiencing wrist pain because I have to bend my wrists upward to grab the end of the levers while in the drops.

Have you ever heard of longer brake levers for people with smaller hands? And, can the levers be dialed in so they rest closer to the handlebar? Can you suggest any other solution? Thanks in advance!

PS I have average size hands for a woman, or maybe just a tad small.
What levers are you using? (nm)TFerguson
Dec 15, 2003 4:17 PM
just asked and answered...C-40
Dec 16, 2003 5:30 AM
I just posted a solution for Campy ergo users, it's at the top of the next page down.

http://forums.consumerreview.com/crforum?viewall@@.efe01c6

A little further down this page, you'll see a disscussion of Shimano's short reach STI levers.

http://forums.consumerreview.com/crforum?viewall@@.efe079b
just asked and answered...MudFlower
Dec 17, 2003 11:37 AM
Thank you so much! I forgot to mention that I have Shimano Dura-ace on my bike so I'll be looking for the new short-reach shifters.

I've also printed out the Campy post to share with my friends and LBS mechanics. They will enjoy reading it and maybe someone can try it too.

Thanks again!