I am disabled in my right arm (Brachial Plexus) I would like to improve my comfort on my bike.I would also to know about the braking system fitted on one side.

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    Any competent bike shop should be able to move the right brake lever to the left side. Of course, operating both brake levers with one hand would be a bit dicey. There are schemes to operate two cables with one lever, but doing this would require a bit more skill than simply moving the lever, since there are several issues to consider. As to overall comfort on the bike, that's an issue of "bike fit", something that a decent bike shop should be able to help you with. Jan 14 '20 at 20:14
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    you can read this question, bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/42450/… but are you asking specifically about a road bike, with drop handlebars? that's what you've tagged with
    – Swifty
    Jan 14 '20 at 20:49
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    It may be helpful to know what you can do with your right arm and what type of bike you're looking to modify. As mentioned on that other link, would you consider a recumbent bike? Also, Google searching for "adaptive cycling" would find you sites and organizations that deal specifically with this. Last, the question isn't clear, but it sounds like you have a bike (upright bike?) and you can ride it with your injury, but you want to explore options to increase the comfort. Can you specify what's not comfortable?
    – Weiwen Ng
    Jan 14 '20 at 20:51
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    You've tagged this as [road-bike] which means a drop-bar racy bike. Is that your intent or do you just mean a bike on the road ? How's your balance? What are the functions of your arm? Is it folded up permanently or do you have some level of use ?
    – Criggie
    Jan 14 '20 at 23:53
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    @DanielRHicks: All brake/shift-levers I know are asymmetric. The fit will be bad and you won't be able to shift when installed on the opposite side.
    – Michael
    Jan 15 '20 at 8:48

If you using a flat handlebar, something like this would handle your braking needs: Problem Solvers Double Barrel

  • For completeness, there's also a product that enables the user to pull both cable actuated brakes with one lever (or one brake with two levers, but not sure that helps the OP). I have no idea what solution is available for hydraulic brakes, if those are what the OP wanted. problemsolversbike.com/products/brakes/12_-_8816o
    – Weiwen Ng
    Jan 16 '20 at 16:54
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    Probably easier and safer to use a front brake only. If your need a rear brake it would be easiest with a coaster brake. However – I think – that’s only available for internal gear hubs.
    – Michael
    Jan 17 '20 at 11:46

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