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Old 06-15-09, 10:19 AM   #1
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Right Bar End is loose question

How do I tighten it? I took the tape off my handlebars and I saw that it was connected to the handlebars by two solid rings. It's still ridable, but will eventually need to be tightened to prevent it from falling down the drop bar.

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I have trouble understanding what pieces you are talking about - could you attach a photo. Bar ends are usually on straight handle bars and have allen screw clamping. Brake levers on drop bars have either a bolt which you can see when you pull the lever right back, or an allen screw on the side under the rubber hood.
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I have trouble understanding what pieces you are talking about - could you attach a photo. Bar ends are usually on straight handle bars and have allen screw clamping. Brake levers on drop bars have either a bolt which you can see when you pull the lever right back, or an allen screw on the side under the rubber hood.

Sorry, they are brake levers. These aren't mine, but mine are similar.

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Lift up the rubber hood from the bottom edge- where it touches the handlebar. On the outside, you should find a hex screw (either a 4 or 5 mm). Just snug that down- but not too tight. If you crash, you want the levers to move, not break.
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Lift up the rubber hood from the bottom edge- where it touches the handlebar. On the outside, you should find a hex screw (either a 4 or 5 mm). Just snug that down- but not too tight. If you crash, you want the levers to move, not break.
Awesome! Thanks!
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Awesome! Thanks!
S**t! Still no hex screw anywhere near the front! Any other ideas?
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Shimano brifters have a groove on the outside face of the lever that disappears under the rubber hood. Slide a 5 mm allen key down the groove and under the hood. It will intercept a hex bolt that tightens the clamp to the bars.
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Shimano brifters have a groove on the outside face of the lever that disappears under the rubber hood. Slide a 5 mm allen key down the groove and under the hood. It will intercept a hex bolt that tightens the clamp to the bars.
Nope, sorry. No groove like that.
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you can actually see where the groove is dead center of the picture you posted. its where the rubber grip meets the lever on the outside

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you can actually see where the groove is dead center of the picture you posted. its where the rubber grip meets the lever on the outside
Yeah, you're right. But those aren't my brake handles.
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Yeah, you're right. But those aren't my brake handles.

If it's an older set of brakes that don't have the shifting integrated, you should find an allen bolt inside, behind the lever. If you disconnect the cable you should be able to get at it by engaging the lever. If this doesn't apply to your situation, I'd suggest getting a photo that actually shows your levers so it's easier for people to help you.

It's a bit difficult to know exactly how to fix a problem when you don't know exactly what parts you're dealing with. On the surface, brake systems for drop bars all look basically the same, but different ages and manufacturers can make all the difference when it comes to assembly and service.
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