Bicycle Mechanics - Record 10sp Lever
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09-09-10, 07:42 AM
Had a small mishap, my bike fell over due to a wind gust.. no harm done except for a scratched carbon brake lever on my Record 10sp Ergo... is there a source for just the lever?
09-09-10, 10:19 AM
They can be bought as repair parts, but the price is usually in the $100 range and not worth it, if it's not broken. Carefull sanding with 400 grit sandpaper to feather edge the clearcoat around the scratches, followed by 3-6 coats of nail polish will fix most scratches. You can even wet sand the cured nail polish with 1000 grit and polish with automotive polish to produce a nearly perfect repair. I've done it a bunch of times. I've even used clear epoxy to build-up the tip of a lever that was ground down from sliding across the pavement.
As DaveSSS said, if the damage is only cosmetic, gentle sanding to smooth out the touch is all that's required. Don't get carried away, all you should care about is that it isn't rough to the touch.
Also take a minute to check both lever pivot ears on the body. These are usually the first to go when there's crash damage. If there's a crack in either ear, the lever needs to be rebuilt on to a new body, lest the brake lever fail complete in a hard emergency braking.
BTW- it your brake lever is damaged beyond just cosmetically, I have a few spares I can sell at less than the going rate.
09-09-10, 07:38 PM
Thanks for the advice :) Everything is in great working order, I checked the ears and all looks like new. The damage is purely cosmetic, and you really have to be looking for it to notice as it is (I know its there tho lol), so I will go the route of feathering back and clear nail polish... thanks again !
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