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Old 10-02-10, 12:49 PM   #1
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any reason i shouldn't rotate my bard down and keep hoods level?

Is there any reason that i shouldn't rotate my bars down, which will put my drops parallell to ground (ergo drops), and mount the hoods up 'higher', level with the handrest area level to the ground? Previously i was just riding where my hoods came from the shop, but i am putting narrower bars on, and my forearms hit the top bar when i am on the drops without my elbows bent way down to 90* (sometimes i like to rest in the drops)
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Old 10-02-10, 01:57 PM   #2
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Put them however you feel comfortable. Just make sure you can reach the brakes from the drops and the hoods.
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Old 10-02-10, 02:03 PM   #3
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Thanks... that's what i figured. I am wrapping my new bars for the first time on my own... only 1 screwup that i noticed after i finished... one little tail sticking up on the drops, so i put it down with some electrical tape because i didn't know if i should unwrap the tape or not
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Old 10-02-10, 09:57 PM   #4
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Hi, Before you took the shifters off they were even with the top portion of the bar to the top of the lever body. You can move them up as far as you want however this spreads the distance between the lever and to handlebar reach on the bottom portion of bars. I use a straight edge on the bottom of bars and to the lever and the lever is about 1/2" below straight edge. So I usually make it level with straight edge instead of below it. This also changes how much flat surface area you have on the h/bars and hoods, but it is still riders choice. have fun
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Old 10-03-10, 06:21 AM   #5
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Uh - worst case - you can move them back and you will have learned something in the process. That sounds like a win-win to me.
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