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Why does my front brake cable push out of my brake lever?

Why is my front brake cable getting pushed out of my brake lever? Is a component of the lever itself broken? Crashed into a pole the other day, busted the front brake. Brand new to both riding and ...
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Tektro HD-M290, change to a dropbar lever configuration. Which levers are compatible?

I want to change my cowboy flat handlebar to a drop bar. I have Tektro HD-M290 brakes and I'm searching for a compatible model of drop bar levers. The bicycle has automatic speeds, so I just need ...
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How can I improve my cable routing

I need to re-cable* and rewrap my bars anyway. I'd like to take the chance to improve the cable routing for a couple of specific things: The gear cables catch on the dynamo light mounted on the fork ...
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How will swapping drop bars to butterfly bars affect bike fit?

I recently bought a Dawes Super Galaxy from the late 80s or early 90s. When I was researching bike fit beforehand I was told that swapping drop bars to flat bars can affect the bike fit since drop bar ...
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Finding dropbar's exact measurement

I have a GT Grade and I'm planning to swap out the drop bar for something with a smaller reach. It's really easy to find the specs of the replacement bars, but harder to find the drop, reach, and ...
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Options to reduce reach on a gravel bike

I bought a 2020 GT Grade shortly after the pandemic hit. Bought it online, no test drive. It was a bit of a risk, but it seems to fit well enough with one exception: the reach feels a bit long. When I ...
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Is adjusting the angle of a drop handlebar a viable way to reduce wrist pain?

Those who spend a lot of time typing on a computer keyboard or playing on a music keyboard (piano, ..) learn that their wrists should remain as straight as possible. The idea is that the tendons that ...
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Sit bone pain and drop handlebars

Looking for some advice. A little background: Admittedly, I am new and just taking up biking (or trying to). I am undecided on which type of bike to buy - a flat bar or a drop style. I realize ...
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Road bike shipped with one of the brake cable heads disconnected from the brake lever

Is there an easy fix for this? From what I can see, looks like I have to remove the handlebar tape, and route the cable from the handle bar through the casing etc like new. I got the bike from the "...
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Changing SRAM Rival brifters to flat bar - which hydraulic brake levers?

I've got a gravel bike, the Planet X London Road, with SRAM Rival 1x11 groupset. I'm thinking of converting it to a flat bar. From what I have read, any SRAM 11 speed shifter should work, as the ...
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What's this “spacer” lever on the front brake lever for?

I made this lamp for my son out of his old Miyata he used to ride all over on. It was too good a machine to just sit outside and ruin. We never noticed this "spacer" lever on the front brake lever. ...
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Flared drop bars making my wrists numb, so am I using them wrong?

I bought a Fuji Jari that comes with flared (25-degree) bars. When I ride, my hands go numb within two miles even though I've been to a fitter. I've found that to keep my wrists straight, I have to ...
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Convert urban/hybrid with hydraulic disk brakes from flat handlebars to drops [duplicate]

I have a urban style bike that I want to convert from flat bars to drops. Can anyone suggest brake levers that: will be compatible with the BR-M355 calipers that came with the bike will be ...
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How do I purchase a drop bar bike that will be converted to flat bar?

I really like the Kona Sutra from both a price and specification point of view. As I have only ridden flat bar bicycles I am not sure if I can used to the drop bar. In case I cannot, I would like to ...
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How to improve braking with hands on hoods?

I have gravel bike for around 3 months now with mechanical disc brakes and one thing I have problems with is braking. When I ride on drops (which I do rarely) I can brake well -- I pull the brake ...
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Why would someone put drop bars on a bike upside down, with the brake levers pointing backwards? [duplicate]

A couple of time recently I've seen a bike being ridden near work with drop bars, but upside down and with the brake levers facing towards the rider. By upside down, I mean as if the stem bolts ...
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What to call bike brake levers with two gripping points?

I have a Schwinn Letour bike which has brake handles that can be gripped from two different points, but the whole brake handle is a singly body of metal, as can be seen here: I am wondering what this ...
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Is Mustache bar for daily ride advisable?

I'm using an NJS approved frame for my fixed gear bike. Is it okay for me to use my new Mustache drop bar on my daily ride going to work and back home. a total of 25km per day.
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Can I fit my normal brake levers to the curves of the dropbars?

I ride Firefox Rapide 21S, a hybrid bicycle. It has factory fitted flat-riser handlebars with Shimano EF500 levers for V-brakes with gear shifter integrated. I am an unprofessional rider, I always ...
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Rental bike for holiday: wise to change handlebar style?

For my next cycling vacation I am evaluating the possibility to locally renting a bike instead of taking mine along: the costs are equivalents and I would save the hassle of carrying the box around. ...
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Fitting a vibration-proof bell for drop bars

I have a bike with drop bars which I need for commuting, but I live in a city which is not only full of idiots† both on foot and on bikes themselves (thus meaning going bellless is idiotic), ...
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Is it OK to ride in the drops almost the whole time?

I just bought my first road bike, 2 months and a thousand km ago, and into several 50 to 130 km rides I found myself riding mostly in the drops, like reeeaally in the tip of the bar. I even removed ...
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Braking on a vintage road bike

I recently bought a vintage Gitane road bike. I understand that in the 70s and 80s they sold a lot of these road bikes with drop handle bars. Sometimes they came with the extra lever for an easier ...
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Modern long reach calipers on old bike, strong enough for safe braking from the hoods?

Currently I am debating with what to replace the handle bars and brakes on an old bike. One option are drop bars. However, a concern is that braking from the hoods was unsafe in old bikes. However, I ...