|damn, took my first spill on the new bike last weekend...||curtybirdychopper|
Sep 5, 2002 10:26 AM
|it wasnt bad fortunately, just a sudden flat in the front that i didn't notice until rounding a corner. i thought, 'uh oh, i've got no more traction, this is bad...' next thing i knew, i was flat on my side, before i could clip out.
my question... my brake/shifter was twisted inward quite a bit during the crash. i managed to pull it back out, but am learly that it may be too loose and that i'll hit a bump, it will slip down my handlebar and i'll face plant at 30 mph. should i unravel the bar tape and tighten it a bit or just ride on? i know the forces exerted while resting on the shifters are different than the sideways force of crashing, but just wanted to get opinions. its still pretty snug, so i think it'll be fine.
|re: damn, took my first spill on the new bike last weekend...||Brad S|
Sep 5, 2002 10:36 AM
|yes, you should tighten it, but you don't have to mess w/ the bar tape, just use a 5mm allen and tighten the lever down.|
|re: damn, took my first spill on the new bike last weekend...||No_sprint|
Sep 5, 2002 10:49 AM
|the bolt to tighten is hidden underneath the rubber brake hood. Take a look in there to find it. Don't have to mess with the tape, as mentioned above.|
|You do not need to unravel the bar tape...||PsyDoc|
Sep 5, 2002 11:10 AM
|...all you need to do is to pull the rubber hood to the outside and you will see a 5mm hex bolt. This is the bolt that attaches the shifter/brake lever to the bars. If you look at the outside of both levers, you will actually see a little groove and if you follow this groove behind the rubber hood, it will "lead" the allen wrench to the bolt.|
|very nice tip ... that's easy enough to do||curtybirdychopper|
Sep 5, 2002 11:22 AM
|i wont worry about it slipping now. thanks folks.|| |