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Old 07-22-10, 05:21 PM   #1
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Dual brake levers for a road bike

I have finally found a suitably sized road bike for my wife (43 cm Trek road bike). I put a 60mm stem on it and she is still slightly stretched out reaching for the brake levers. She is OK with it but, I'd like for her to have a back up plan in case of emergency. The cane creek "cross levers" look like they would be a great solution. Is anyone running them and how is installation? Thanks
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Another name for them is Interrupter levers , because you interrupt the housing and cut it, to install the brake lever..
cable is unbroken spreading the housing is like pulling the cable..

Need Aero Brake levers, which will already have the brake cables under the tape, Brifters work too .

A bit of a challenge to find a middle ground as the leverage/ cable pull is lower on the aero lever on the end of the cable,
than the interupter lever in the center.

there are Guidonnet levers too, Velo Orange got a few, they are made to use on the tops of a road bend bar, instead of the race bike type levers,
if the reach is too far consider another handlebar type entirely

womens design frames shorten the top tube as top half of female torso is typically shorter.
Bike may be well sized vertically but not horizontally.
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I put some Tektros on my daughter's Peugeot for the same reason and she loves them. You have less leverage with that type of lever, so you have to squeeze a little harder. They're not hard to install. I got mine on eBay, so there were no instructions. I figured it out. You do realize that they only work with aero levers, right?

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You can also put the other levers higher on the curve, higher than the set up above.

There are other primary brake levers with less reach,

made for smaller hands .. lower part curves inward, also Aero style,

so easier to grab them from the drops.

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Or you could just put one pair of levers on the tops. You may not need levers on the drops.
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The bike already has aero levers so that won't be an issue. I think I might try a set and see how she does w/ them. An alternative might be women specific bars (drops), I've been told that they are shallower and extend less forward than standard drops.
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I installed these for my wife for the same reason and she loved them. No trouble at all and the worked great.
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The bike already has aero levers so that won't be an issue. I think I might try a set and see how she does w/ them. An alternative might be women specific bars (drops), I've been told that they are shallower and extend less forward than standard drops.
If you look into this, check out the FSA Omega handlebars. They are quite shallow and have a very short reach. Changing the handlebars can often reduce reach more than changing a stem by a size or two.

Edit: The FSA Omegas are also pretty cheap compared to other similar bars.
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Check around the bike shop. Some bikes come specced with interrupter levers that customers have removed. That's how I got mine.
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Tektro R100 aero levers are for people with small hands. perhaps switch those out if she has trouble with reach.
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We stopped by the LBS today and ordered interrupter levers and also the aero levers for small hands. I think I'm going to look into the FSA Omega bars as well. She is really excited about her new bike and I just want it to fit her well
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Ooooh! That's a tiny bike.

If she's stretching out to reach the brakes I'm wondering if the fit is really all that good anyway. Frankly, interrupter levers sounds to me like a band aid solution. Before pouring any more money into this bike I'd want somebody who is experienced with fitting small women evaluate the whole bicycle. Working with short women is key. A guy who's really good at fitting 5'10" men might not be any good at all fitting a 5'0" woman.
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You might look for top tube / plumb line thru BB forward measurements , and seat tube angle

Long leg/short torso&arms really needs a shorter toptube, some designers steepen the seat tube,

but setback of saddle takes weight off arms, and lends towards a better ride for many not into doing pushups while riding.

For comparison purposes , see :

http://www.terrybicycles.com/cycling_savvy
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