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Old 02-22-11, 02:13 PM
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^ ever seen an alunimum handlebar fail at the point the brifter lever attached, absent a crash, or severe corrossion?

If you really want to be anal about it, you could remove the tape, remove the brifter, inspect the bar and then put it back and retape.

But if it's an aluminum handlebar, it's not bent from where it fell over, and the brifter was loose enough in the first place that it got shoved out of position just from the bike falling over, the amount of force necessary to recenter it is not going to hurt anything.

People have been doing this for decades with no reports of catstrophic failures.
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