/ Woman-friendly brake levers
1. any other suggestions for making the brake levers more woman-friendly (already have the inserts to bring them nearer)
2. bit of a rant - when is some manufacturer going to completely re-design the brakes levers with a woman's (or indeed a child's) hands in mind? We have women specific frames (doesn't seem that important to me - there are different shapes and sizes of both sexes) saddles, etc. Brakes next please.
How about some in line levers like the ones used on cyclo cross bikes?
I have a similar problem with brake lever, I have rather short fingers.
There are shims available to adjust the reach on the lower end shimano brake/gear shifters. There are 2 sizes available and they sit in the gap that opens up when you pull the brake levers.
You should have been given these items then you bought the bike but many shops don't bother, because of this many shops have draws full of them and are happy to give them out free or very cheap. I got some from JE james cycles in Sheffield and I think they asked me to put a couple of quid in the charity box as payment.
Hope this helps.
> I have a similar problem with brake lever, I have rather short fingers.
> There are shims available to adjust the reach on the lower end shimano brake/gear shifters. There are 2 sizes available and they sit in the gap that opens up when you pull the brake levers.
Someone sent me a link to something similar on a thread that I posted recently...I haven't used them so double check they are the right thing...
how about a set of bullhorn handlebars?
My other half has a similar problem - she has really tiny hands - some sort of squirrel DNA I think.
anyway, she has 105 levers on her bike and was struggling for reach, despite having girl specific bars. I got some shims from Evans and they reduce the reach, but her main problem is her hands are actually to small to operate the gear change action!.
Campag levers suit smaller hands so I might try her on those.
Ther are quite a few threads on the various biking forums on this. Singletrack had a few and some of the US forums had a few.
My new bike came with inserts to shorten the reach of the 105 levers. Looked like small plastic wedges.
That's right the levers would go on the end. No reason why combined levers / shifters wouldn't work the same as they do on drops.
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