Bicycle Mechanics - Bent brake lever Q
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11-04-09, 09:52 PM
This morning on my ride to school I noticed the front brake lever on my mid-80s Peugeot racer was bent a little inwards. I bent it back and went on with my day. I haven't crashed or bumped into anything recently; I usually ride on the hoods. Should I replace the lever?
11-04-09, 10:58 PM
Are there any apparent signs of fatigue from the bending/straightening such as scoring or cracking?
If you are worried about catastrophic failure then you should replace them. If not, then ride on.
11-05-09, 07:02 AM
Did it take much effort to bend it back? If it was almost effortless to bend, then I would be concerned that the metal is fatigued. If it still felt pretty strong... then it probably is.
11-05-09, 01:05 PM
What do you mean by "bent inwards?" Was the lever itself bent, or was the lever assembly turned on the handlebar? If it's the latter, just put it where it's supposed to be and tighten it up. I'd be a bit concerned about the lever itself being bent, especially the front one. You really wouldn't want that to fail just when you absolutely need to stop, which would be the most likely time.
If it holds when you apply the brakes and doesn't start to bend anew, it's OK. For the sake of safety, test by squeezing harder than you'd ever actually use for braking (not while riding -duh!) and if it handles that OK, you know it'll be OK in normal service.
11-05-09, 03:28 PM
Thanks for the help all (it was the lever assembly bent with respect to the handlebar, not the lever itself bent). It hasn't started bending back and there's no scoring or cracks, so I think I'm good.
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