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Old 04-27-07, 06:46 PM   #1
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Assistance Installing Brake levers (non-shift)

Hello,

Recieved a new set of brakes to fix up an old bike, and a problem became apparent; the band clamp (the part which the brake lever bolts to the handlebars on) can't be unfixed from its tightened position. In other words, the hole which the bolt from the lever is threaded through, cannot be unclasped and the band thus cannot be encircled around the handlebars.

The clasp (with the thread hole) appears to be wleded into position, and I am unsure how to procede.

This is for a pair of Tektro R200 road brakes.

Thank you in advance,

Marska

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Old 04-27-07, 10:27 PM   #2
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Can you loosen it though?

I think you're meant to loosen it and then slide it onto the untaped handlebars from the ends.
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Pull the brake lever and look into the gap.. you should see how to loosen it - I think its 5mm.

If that doesn't work then it might be seized in there and you might wanna consider returning it.

If you pull the brake lever and you don't see the bolt I am referring to, then look here to see if we are talking about the same thing http://www.tektro.com/02products/08r200a.php and if we are talking about the same thing and it still doesn't work then Tektro must have messed something up.

Hm... I just realized that these levers were "Designed Specifically For Women". Wonder if I should my roommate that since hes the one that has em...

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there should be a 5mm allen headed fastener that loosens and tightens the clamp band. If you squeeze the lever you should see this fastener inside the brake lever housing.
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http://www.canecreek.com/fileadmin/c...02-08-2005.pdf

that link should show you the steps. it is a cane creek lever but install should be the same.
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Yup, the Cane Creek lever is the same as the Tektro (made by Tektro, just differently-finished rubber hood).
It is a 5mm allen bolt, and is accessible when you depress the lever. The only difference from the Shimano is that the cable needs to be at least loose, and hopefully removed, to get at the allen bolt, whereas with Shimano brake-only levers, you can get to the bolt whether a cable is routed through or not.
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I've removed the brake lever assembly from the band clamp, but how do I install the band clamp on the handlebars? Not just screw in the brake lever portion, but the clamp which fastens physically onto the handlebars, and provides the attachment for the brake levers to the handlebars?

Usually, there is a clasp which fastens and tightens the clamp to the handlebar, except where the clamp would normally be, there is a square metal nut that appears to be welded on the clamp as one piece.

How do I install the band clamp?
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You should not completely remove band clamp. Put the clamp band back onto the brake lever housing and just loosen the bolt insider the lever housing enough to slide band over bar. Make sure your bar is clean of all old wrapping and tape residue. A dirty sticky bar is hard to get a lever on.
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