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Old 02-06-06, 02:32 AM   #1
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cant use brakes

on my roadbike with the dropbars, i cant use the brakes very well when my hands are on the shifters but i can use them great when in the drops, im guessing leverage, force being applied to a point farther from the fulcrum, but why would they make brakes like this, i guess they work for everyone else, but not so much for me, is there a "secret" hand position to make braking easier
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Old 02-06-06, 05:36 AM   #2
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Brakes are for cowards!
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Old 02-06-06, 07:02 AM   #3
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I get one hand on the drops and one on the tops to brake .... nothing to it.
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how tight are the pads to the rim? If you need/can to pull the lever all the way back to the bar your brakes are to loose. adjust the pads.
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Old 02-06-06, 07:24 AM   #5
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That's pretty normal. You're right that most people get more leverage when in the drops. Just understand that you will not stop as quickly with your hands on the hoods, until you learn how to exert more force from there.

It's a personal choice, but if you set up the pads not so close to the rim, you might feel like you get better leverage than you currently get from the hoods. Just make sure the pads are not set so far from the rim that the lever bottoms out before you'd reach maximum braking power.
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