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Brake Levers

Don’t rely on your bike mechanic to set the “play” in your brake levers.  Some cyclists like extra play (I’m one of them) in their brake levers.  Other cyclists like their brake levers setup with very little play. 

What’s best for you and what’s the difference?

The more “play” in your brake levers the slower your brakes will grab.  That’s not necessarily a bad thing.  If you setup your brake levers with very little “play” they grab quickly and you have to be very careful not to lock up your wheels. 

If you setup your brake levers with more “play” they will not grab as quickly.  You have to apply more pressure to stop.  That’s not necessarily a bad thing either. 

 

Brake Lever set to 6 mm.

 

Brake Lever set to 6 mm, normal grip.

If you have small hands you will find it easier to brake when your brake levers have more “play” – about 6 mm.  If you have large hands you will find it easier to brake when your brakes have less “play” – about 3 mm.  If you have difficulty grabbing your brake levers, you should increase the “play” in your brake levers.  If you feel like you are squeezing your brakes up against the drops of your handle bars, you should decrease the “play” in your brake levers.

Experiment with different settings, until you find the amount of “play” that is most comfortable and secure feeling for you.  Then, measure the amount of “play” and keep your brake levers set for that much “play.”  Remember, as your brake pads wear the “play” will increase.  A simple adjustment to the barrel adjuster on your brake cables will tighten up your brake levers and bring them back to the proper amount of “play.”

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