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    Adjusting the Reach distance for Dia Compe Aero brake levers

    Hi There,

    I have a 2008 Trek 520 touring bike that is equipped with Dia-Compe 287 Aero brake levers. I've started wearing mittens while riding this bike (it was 27 degrees F this morning) and I would like to decrease the reach distance for my Dia Compe brake levers.

    Is anyone here familiar with this type of brake lever? Can the reach distance for these levers be adjusted?

    These are the kind of brake levers for drop handlebars that can be used with direct pull "V brakes."

    Thanks in advance

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    There is no reach adjustment
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    Doh!

    Thanks dobber - that is what i thought. I was hoping there is a reach adjustment, but I guess I'll have to try some different gloves. The mittens I wear make it hard for my finger tips to grip the lever securely.

    Perhaps someday I'll install cantilevers on the bike and put traditional aero levers on (with adjustable reach).

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    If I'm wearing a heavy glove/mitten I'll ride with my hands on top of the hoods, the crotch between thumb and index finger straddling the hood.
    This is Africa, 1943. War spits out its violence overhead and the sandy graveyard swallows it up. Her name is King Nine, B-25, medium bomber, Twelfth Air Force. On a hot, still morning she took off from Tunisia to bomb the southern tip of Italy. An errant piece of flak tore a hole in a wing tank and, like a wounded bird, this is where she landed, not to return on this day, or any other day.

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    Have you ever considered using cross-top levers for the winter?

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    Hi Vasracer.

    Thanks for the suggestion. I might have to consider adding some cyclo cross style brake levers in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vasracer View Post
    Have you ever considered using cross-top levers for the winter?
    Great ideal.
    This is Africa, 1943. War spits out its violence overhead and the sandy graveyard swallows it up. Her name is King Nine, B-25, medium bomber, Twelfth Air Force. On a hot, still morning she took off from Tunisia to bomb the southern tip of Italy. An errant piece of flak tore a hole in a wing tank and, like a wounded bird, this is where she landed, not to return on this day, or any other day.

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    I don't know if these would fit you any better than the 287-V's, but there is another option out there in drop bar levers for linear pull brakes, without using Travel Agent adapters:

    http://www.tektro.com/02products/10rl520.php

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