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bars and lever setup question??(5 posts)

bars and lever setup question??David Ho
Jan 20, 2003 5:29 PM
I just built up my bike 2 months ago and the fine tuning is still going on.I was womdering is the rule of thumb to go by when deciding on the best place to put levers/shifters on bar and how should the bar be set up.I once read that the bottom bend of the bar should have a slight bend toward the ground.I hope this is making sense!Any input will help, Thanks.

Dave
re: bars and lever setup question??seyboro
Jan 20, 2003 6:06 PM
Conventional wisdom places the end of the levers even with the bottom of the drops. Most often, this will give you a relatively flat part for your hands while riding on the hoods. As for the tilt of the bar, ergo bars will allow you to choose a position ranging from the barends pointing to the rear brake caliper to pointing to the rear hub. Looking at pro-bikes, you will find most positions somewhere in that range. Whatever is most comfortable, is right for you.
re: bars and lever setup question??timfire
Jan 20, 2003 6:11 PM
I believe the classical way is to have the bottom of the drops parallel to the ground (or sometimes pointing at the rear hub) and the levers in the center of the bend.

That said, the way I set up my bars is to raise the levers as high as they will go and still afford a comfortable reach from the drops. I find higher levers to be more comfortable in the hoods position. Then, I play with the tilt of the bars until my wrists are straight and comfortable in the drops position.

But really, you just need to play around a little and discover what you find comfortable.

--Tim Kleinert
bars parallel with ground, shifters centimeter or so above flatbenja15
Jan 20, 2003 8:21 PM
Make your bars parallel to the ground, then take a ruler and hold it against the flat of your bar extended so you can see where the bottom of your brake lever contacts with the ruler. Make a centimeter or so gap between the ruler and the bottom of the brake lever. I think it looks goofy when you see people who have their brake levers way to high. It also makes them hard to get at from the drops and not comfortable when you have your hands on the hoods.
don't agree guys...C-40
Jan 21, 2003 4:20 PM
The location of the bottom of the brake lever is totally irrelevent. What you want is a comfortable angle on the brake hoods, where you'll spend 90% of your time. Often this requires the bottom of the lever to be up to an inch above the bottom of the bars.

Shimano and Campy levers are quite different. Campy levers can be set with the brake hoods level or angled up just a few degrees. More than that and the brake lever will angle away from the drops so much that you'll never reach the levers from the drops. Shimano brake hoods can be positioned higher without causing this problem. Take a look at Lance Armstrong's bike for example.

As for bar position, this too varies greatly with the brand of bars. Deda and Easton anatomic bars don't work well with the ends angled down at all. The angle of the anatomic section quickly becomes too vertical for comfort. These bars are usually set up with the ends horizontal.

Other bars, like ITM anatomics need to be rotated to get the brake levers up a bit and create a more comfortable angle in the drops.