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    Need Some Comfort Ideas

    I have the old school 105 break levers on my fall/winter commuter 7 speed Dave Scott Iron man and when riding on the hoods they are uncomfortable. Back in the day I thought that these were the bomb but being use to the brifters of today they are not so much. If you ride these what have you done to make them more comfortable? Please advise.
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    Replace them with some modern tektro levers.

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    Short of replacing them, sometimes moving your bars a bit or changing the position of the levers on the bars can help. It could also be that it's really the shape of the bars that are the difference between the bike you feel comfortable on and this one.

    Just looking at them it seems like they are angled up pretty high and the reach (ramps) of the bars are short.
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    Pretty much any hand position will get uncomfortable if you don't switch it up. Try using the tops and drops and putting your hands a little further back on the ramps occasionally.
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    I got those on my Gardin Quatro. I have them more upright on the bar. They're still not as comfortable as modern brifters. They feel small to me hands. And I don't big hands. Not a whole lot you can do, really. I'd swap them out, but I like the vintage thing on the bike.

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    I have Cane Creek brake levers on several bikes and they are working well for me. The contact patch is wider and the geometry fits my medium sized hands really well. They are also relatively cheap and the build is robust.

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    Reprofile the grip shape by stuffing small rolls and folds of inner tube under the rubber cover.
    Adjust the height and rotation of the levers on the bar.

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    Thanks guys some very useful ideas much appreciated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by velocity View Post
    I have the old school 105 break levers on my fall/winter commuter 7 speed Dave Scott Iron man and when riding on the hoods they are uncomfortable. Back in the day I thought that these were the bomb but being use to the brifters of today they are not so much. If you ride these what have you done to make them more comfortable? Please advise.
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    cmon dude, at over 1500 posts you should know by now not to spell it "break"

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    Quote Originally Posted by RubeRad View Post
    cmon dude, at over 1500 posts you should know by now not to spell it "break"
    Well shuckin's lookie at that! And its not like I care and/that you didn't understand what I misspelled. but alas your right and you get the prize of adding to your post tally

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjspiel View Post

    ...sometimes moving your bars a bit or changing the position of the levers on the bars can help. It could also be that it's really the shape of the bars that are the difference between the bike you feel comfortable on and this one.

    Just looking at them it seems like they are angled up pretty high and the reach (ramps) of the bars are short.
    I agree with this commentary. I'd try re-positioning before buying new. Ride it like it is, see where the irritation/hot spot/annoyance is coming from, then see if you can tilt the bars or move the levers along the bars to address it. If that doesn't work, then look at alternatives.

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