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Measuring Lever Position for Drop Bars

Old 07-31-20, 11:16 AM
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Measuring Lever Position for Drop Bars

I purchased a used handlebar (3T Ergonova) that is due to arrive next week. How do you locate and adjust the lever positions?
I find that moving the levers on the bars by a millimeter or two changes my sense of the bike significantly. So typical manufacturer's marks often seem insufficient.

So I had an idea... what if I find two flexible adhesive rulers, and tape them on the left and right sides, starting at the bar ends? Have you tried this? Or something similar?

Here's what I've found so far:
Link to Amazon 1/4" wide Metal Ruler

Link to Amazon 1/2" wide Polyester Ruler
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I set the bike up in a trainer with the hoods just loose enough that they can be moved around by hand. move them around while pedaling on the trainer until you find the position you like. tighten one of the levers. I use a flexible ruler to measure from the bottom of the lever body, around the radius of the bar to the end of the bar. note the distance and duplicate it on the other side. that seems to be what you're going for.

you can also get them about where you want them, then check them for even-ness by laying a long, rigid item like a level or a yardstick on top of the hoods. eyeball the tool to see if it's parallel with the top of the bar. adjust until the tool is parallel with the top of the bar. I find the former method to be more precise.
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I eyeball it. Every time. A tape measure is very accurate-- and I can all but guarantee that my arms aren't even the same length. I know for a fact my opposing fingers aren't the same lengths. Human bodies are not precisely built.

How even or level the hoods are makes no difference at all, AFAIC. It needs to fit, not be an absolute measurement.
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Easy. I go for a ride before I tape the handlebar. (I just tape the cable down with electrical tape.) Bering the tools to adjust stem height, bar rotation and the brake lever clamp. Stop and adjust as needed. My hands will tell me what they like. After a couple of rides and the levers feel dialed in, I tape the bars from the bottom with cloth tape - so I can easliy unwrap ti the levers, move them and re-tape - as many times as I want. When that tape wears out, i put the good stuff on, knowing the levers are "right".

What other people think of my lever position is none of my (G** d***ed) bvusiness! I have to live with the consequences of hand issues if I get it wrong.

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Old 07-31-20, 06:38 PM
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Ben and DrIsotope, your humor is much appreciated!
I've tried combinations of each suggested method. I must admit, DrIsotope gets at the real issue - being overly concerned with perfection, while having arm and leg lengths that are nowhere near symmetric, and continually changing.
Cheers y'all.
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Wink

BITD, we put a straight edge on the bottom of the drop bar,(which was straight),
then the lower tip of the brake lever touched that straight edge..








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I still love those days... get my Cinelli 1A on there and I'll be all set... I swear it wasn't that long ago.

Now I had to go and get a plastic bike, jeez
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Old 08-09-20, 10:07 AM
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I think that there are still straight sections at the bottom of those bars, so measuring from that plane to the tips of the levers works.
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