Old 12-13-21, 07:02 PM
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Originally Posted by RiddleOfSteel View Post
Classic profile bars with short reach are almost impossible to come by. The easiest solution is to roll the brake levers up/back on the bars to reduce reach. Works like a charm and one can chop 1/2" easy off the reach, or more depending on where they started. Cinelli 64/Giro bars, certainly by the time they offered them in 26.0mm clamp, had incredibly steep ramps, which led to a shorter reach than normal (already pretty tidy IMO). It looked a little goofy to me and didn't work with the levers I was using, so I sent them along.
Almost impossible? Meaning they are out there, though?

I've had some of those Cinelli's and didn't like them. IIRC, the drips kinda cambered in a tad and felt awkward. I sold mine, too...relunctantly. They still looked nice and....you know....bling points

I hear you on the brake levers. It's not a great solution for me as I have tried that. By the time I get the levers up there I've completely compromised my ability to comfortably operate the brakes from the drops. I know....trade offs...lol! I

I have tried a few different levers for their length. Still no cigar. Short fingers, I guess, because I do wear a men's M size glove. I know also there are levers (ie. Tektro) with short reach for small hands. I haven't tried that because I've already invested in the rather nice levers I have. Not to sound difficult towards a solution, but I would have to sell them before acquiring anything else. And, there's other reasons I really like them....ie. nice flat transition riding on the hoods
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