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Suggestions for shortening the reach on DA brake levers?(11 posts)

Suggestions for shortening the reach on DA brake levers?lendog
Jan 26, 2004 9:35 AM
I am looking for some ways to shorten the reach on my DA brake levers. I have Carpel tunnel Syndrome and in colder riding temperatures, it is hard to open my hands enough to get on the brakes quickly in a decent. I really don't want to replace the levers so was wondering what may be out there that will help out.
Thought of gluing some plastic shims on the top of the brake levers where the lever meets the hood to bring it down more, but that seems hooky.

Any thoughts?

thanks,
Lenny
re: Suggestions for shortening the reach on DA brake levers?gtx
Jan 26, 2004 9:43 AM
Can't you just dial the levers in a bit? Also, maybe these bars would help.

http://www.salsacycles.com/site/handlebarShort.htm
the bars won't help...C-40
Jan 26, 2004 11:28 AM
I've tried just about everything and found little difference in the reach to the brake levers. The Salsa bars have a short reach to the the brake hoods, but they are no better with regard to the brake lever.

Installing the Salsa bars has the same effect as reducing the stem length by 1-1.5cm.
correctlendog
Jan 26, 2004 11:48 AM
my problem is the reach between the bar and the lever. I'd like to get the lever in about 3/4 inch or so. I think i will just glue some shims in place on the top, above the axis of rotation then re-adjust the brakes.
did you already dial in the levers all the way?gtx
Jan 26, 2004 1:16 PM
Some people aren't aware that they can be adjusted.
no, guess I'm one of those people. How? <nm>lendog
Jan 26, 2004 2:36 PM
no, guess I'm one of those people. How? <nm>gtx
Jan 26, 2004 3:07 PM
There should be a tiny allen bolt hidden in or around the lever to adjust the reach. If you can't find it check your manual or get a shop to show you.
on all Shimano groups? Or just certain groups? (nm)ColnagoFE
Jan 27, 2004 7:43 AM
on all Shimano groups? Or just certain groups? (nm)gtx
Jan 27, 2004 11:23 AM
On most every I've gone to do this on, but I admit my knowledge is slowly getting out of date.
bump stopscyclopathic
Jan 26, 2004 9:46 AM
the kind used on your kitchen vanities. Quick and dirty, no need to invent any plastic shims, you got right idea
Sort of off-subject, butcoonass
Jan 26, 2004 4:56 PM
do a Search for 'exercises for cts'.....I had cts about 5 or 6 years ago so bad that I virtually tried to do everything with the non-aching wrist. Some motions were almost unbearable....What made it worse, is that I'm in Engineering and 99.9% of my work is on the 'puter (whether it's Microstation, AutoCAD, Specs, emails, or whatever). I started the exercises and in less than 2 weeks I was completely free of any wrist pain.....and it's never returned. I gave other co-workers copies of the exercises and their cts went away as fast.