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damn, took my first spill on the new bike last weekend...(5 posts)

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 docurtybirdychopper
Sep 5, 2002 11:22 AM
i wont worry about it slipping now. thanks folks.