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by tonich
29 Nov 2020, 2:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Have to stretch to reach brakes
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Views: 1302

Re: Have to stretch to reach brakes

do you like living dangerously? Holes in handlebars were a daft idea that lead to many handlebar breakages BITD and a set of 25+ year old French handlebars (which didn't exactly have a stellar reputation for not breaking before they started drilling holes in them...) is well past retirement age IMH...
by tonich
29 Nov 2020, 2:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Have to stretch to reach brakes
Replies: 50
Views: 1302

Re: Have to stretch to reach brakes

.... Trouble is the levers can't be moved as the break cables are situated inside the bars and enter at a specific point. Quite advanced for that age of bike. Plus I want to keep the original bars but would sacrifice the stem to get them closer to my riding position... do you like living dangerousl...
by tonich
29 Nov 2020, 11:39am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Have to stretch to reach brakes
Replies: 50
Views: 1302

Re: Have to stretch to reach brakes

IMHO you might be better off with new bars and stem. New bars because the ones you have at the moment have a) a very long forward reach and b) a large radius to the bend, and a big angle between the ramps and drops. The former does not suit modern STIs because the total front to back range of hand ...
by tonich
29 Nov 2020, 8:28am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Have to stretch to reach brakes
Replies: 50
Views: 1302

Re: Have to stretch to reach brakes

This is what you need. Just check the diameter of your bars in the centre. 60mm or 80mm length should do the trick. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NOS-KL-QUILL-STEM-25-4-black-polished-silver-60-80-100-fixed-for-1-steerer-fork/380282472345?_trkparms=ispr%3D1&hash=item588a9a0799:g:4R8AAOSwWw1a8sSH&a...
by tonich
28 Nov 2020, 11:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Have to stretch to reach brakes
Replies: 50
Views: 1302

Re: Have to stretch to reach brakes

I think I might have found the solution! https://youtu.be/vPlp-_do2mM This is what you need. Just check the diameter of your bars in the centre. 60mm or 80mm length should do the trick. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NOS-KL-QUILL-STEM-25-4-black-polished-silver-60-80-100-fixed-for-1-steerer-fork/380282...
by tonich
28 Nov 2020, 10:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Have to stretch to reach brakes
Replies: 50
Views: 1302

Re: Have to stretch to reach brakes

I think I might have found the solution!
https://youtu.be/vPlp-_do2mM
by tonich
28 Nov 2020, 9:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Have to stretch to reach brakes
Replies: 50
Views: 1302

Re: Have to stretch to reach brakes

Thanks for all the brilliant feedback. This has been really appreciated. On balance, I think I will look for a shorter stem. That will be the least problematic alteration, I hope. Some other good idea, even moving the seat back got me thinking!! I'll let you know how I get on. My mountain bike and t...
by tonich
28 Nov 2020, 8:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Have to stretch to reach brakes
Replies: 50
Views: 1302

Re: Have to stretch to reach brakes

Jdsk wrote:How are the hand positions that don't involve the hoods? Is it comfortable on the tops and the drops?

Jonathan

Yeah it's not too bad but stretching to change gears when on top
by tonich
28 Nov 2020, 8:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Have to stretch to reach brakes
Replies: 50
Views: 1302

Re: Have to stretch to reach brakes

As has been said above you definitely need to move the levers up on the bars, they are way too low. If that doesn't do the trick then a shorter stem is needed. If you are particularly keen to maintain originality that looks like an SR "aero" stem which were common enough, so you should be...
by tonich
28 Nov 2020, 8:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Have to stretch to reach brakes
Replies: 50
Views: 1302

Re: Have to stretch to reach brakes

Might I suggest new bars? Brake/shifter units sit much higher than was common when they were just brakes. Can't see how a different style and use of lever can universally be fitted to an older bar. It may work, it may not. The pic, to me, proves it. Thanks for all the advice I have had. Sound like ...
by tonich
28 Nov 2020, 8:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Have to stretch to reach brakes
Replies: 50
Views: 1302

Re: Have to stretch to reach brakes

It sounds like you have had a few years off the bike. Don’t underestimate the changes in your flexibility. I am struggling to find a comfortable position after ten years out. I am still riding my old bikes but with shorter and more upright stems but it’s not enough. The changes you have made to you...
by tonich
28 Nov 2020, 4:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Have to stretch to reach brakes
Replies: 50
Views: 1302

Re: Have to stretch to reach brakes

I have a vague idea that in what I think of as the early days of triathlon ie when I first heard about it, some enthusiasts were keen to differentiate that form of the sport from what might be termed mainstream road racing. One of the innovations / gimmicks was extremely steep seat tubes. IIRC the ...
by tonich
28 Nov 2020, 4:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Have to stretch to reach brakes
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Views: 1302

Re: Have to stretch to reach brakes

Here is an after photo

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by tonich
28 Nov 2020, 4:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Have to stretch to reach brakes
Replies: 50
Views: 1302

Re: Have to stretch to reach brakes

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Hi
Apart from changing the levers, I have kept everything original and would love to keep it that way but would gladly change the seat.
Cheers for the idea
by tonich
28 Nov 2020, 4:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Have to stretch to reach brakes
Replies: 50
Views: 1302

Have to stretch to reach brakes

I am 5'' 11' with long arms but following a major refurb of my old Peugeot 1988 Triathlon, which involved replacing the old brake levers with new brake + shifter combination, I have been unable to place my hands on the hoods without feeling like I am overstretching. My seat is as far forward as it w...