Recently I got my bar tape, brake cables and brake levers changed, but when I picked up the bike I noticed that the brake levers were to low (at the tip of the drops) is there any way I can put them in the right position without damaging the bar tape or the brake cables?

  • Go to a sporting goods place and buy some "hockey tape", in a color that complements your bar tape. Use it to repair the damage after you cut the bar tape and move the levers. Oct 4, 2016 at 2:31
  • @DanielRHicks I suspect that "hockey tape" is hard to get hold of in countries where ice hockey isn't a big thing, which is to say, in most countries. Oct 4, 2016 at 14:05
  • @David is right but there's always ebay
    – Chris H
    Oct 4, 2016 at 14:24

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Answer: No - you can't just move the brake levers up the curve of the handlebar drops. If you did this, the bar tape would be bunched up above the hoods and skinnied-out below the hoods.

Tools: You'll need a 5mm hex driver (maybe 4mm or 6mm, maybe a philips if its old, or flathead if its ancient) Some tape to finish the bartape wrap, and sharp scissors to cut the tape.

Method: Unwind the bar tape carefully, reposition the brakes, then do up the bar tape again. You'll probably put one, maybe two turns of bar tape below the brake hoods that were above the hoods when you started.

The brake cables should move okay - you might need to remove and refix some temporary tape.

  • I think this would better with the first para removed.
    – andy256
    Oct 4, 2016 at 6:09
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    @andy256 The first paragraph is the answer to the question asked.. The rest is a suggested approach. I have clarified it though.
    – Criggie
    Oct 4, 2016 at 9:45

depending on the bar tape, you may be able to undo it carefully without tearing it. Ive had success in the past. Some have very little or no adhesive. Some it takes a while for the adhesive to stick firm so if its new it may peel off just fine. Try it and see. You could also loosen the handlebar at the stem and move them up a bit to raise the hoods. This may effect cable tension for your outer cables so check that. Also you may not like having the drops angled down although some do. personal preferencesort of thing..

  • Bartape is generally quite forgiving, so the only part that probably needs redoing is whatever holds the end of the bartape in place. Also, if it was started in the middle and wrapped outwards then most if not all the tape has to come off. If the wrap was started at the end and went inwards there will be less to remove.
    – Criggie
    Oct 5, 2016 at 10:39

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