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Old 08-30-16, 10:17 PM
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Moving Gear Shifters Farther Down Bars

I have a Specialized hybrid bike and I was wondering if gear shifters can be moved more towards the center of my bars or if this would cause problems? I'm looking to move them about an inch or so because when I hit big bumps or holes the backs of my thumbs sometimes jab into them (big hands). There is a Allen wrench screw on them holding them in place so I'm guessing I could just loosen that and move them. Is there any reason this couldn't be done?
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Old 08-30-16, 10:18 PM
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nope, you're good
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Old 08-30-16, 10:20 PM
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nope, you're good
Awesome, thanks.
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Old 08-30-16, 11:00 PM
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Originally Posted by haneybd87 View Post
so I'm guessing I could just loosen that and move them. Is there any reason this couldn't be done?
Yes, you can move them. Assuming you realize you will have to untape and retape your bars. With tape in place the shifters will just wiggle around a bit, but won't move much up or down.
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Old 08-30-16, 11:06 PM
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Originally Posted by AndreyT View Post
Yes, you can move them. Assuming you realize you will have to untape and retape your bars. With tape in place the shifters will just wiggle around a bit, but won't move much up or down.
What do you mean by taping? Is there tape between the shifters and the bars?
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Old 08-30-16, 11:42 PM
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Originally Posted by haneybd87 View Post
What do you mean by taping? Is there tape between the shifters and the bars?
He's thinking you have bar tape on your bars, but you probably just have grips on your bars so not to worry, your grips will not be affected by scooting your shifters in.

I like my triggers scootched in a bit myself:

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Old 08-31-16, 12:07 AM
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Originally Posted by haneybd87 View Post
What do you mean by taping? Is there tape between the shifters and the bars?
Oh, disregard my comment. For some reason I assumed you are talking about drop bars and road-style shifters.
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Old 08-31-16, 12:36 AM
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Originally Posted by AndreyT View Post
With tape in place the shifters will just wiggle around a bit, but won't move much up or down.
What?

Drop bar levers are held in place by a clamp band. They'll mount up as firm as you'll ever want even to a naked bar.
If you need the bar tape to hold yours in place, something is wrong.

It is generally considered sensible to leave the clamp loose enough to allow the lever to turn or slide instead of breaking in case of a crash though - something that can be achieved w/o leaving it loose enough to wiggle.
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Originally Posted by dabac View Post
What?

Drop bar levers are held in place by a clamp band. They'll mount up as firm as you'll ever want even to a naked bar.
If you need the bar tape to hold yours in place, something is wrong.
Nobody says anything about "needing tape to hold the shifter in place".

All I'm saying is that once you clamped a road shifter in its intended position and then finished wrapping the bars with the tape, it is too late to relocate the shifter. The tape will not let you move it too much from the original location. The amount of wiggle you will get (after loosening the clamp) usually depends on the properties of the tape, i.e. how sticky and/or stretchable it is. But in general case, in order to do major position adjustments on road shifters one will typically have to re-wrap the bars.

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Old 08-31-16, 06:04 AM
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Originally Posted by haneybd87 View Post
What do you mean by taping? Is there tape between the shifters and the bars?
The guy has a hybrid; there is no tape.
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Old 08-31-16, 06:22 AM
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Originally Posted by AndreyT View Post
Nobody says anything about "needing tape to hold the shifter in place".

All I'm saying is that once you clamped a road shifter in its intended position and then finished wrapping the bars with the tape, it is too late to relocate the shifter. The tape will not let you move it too much from the original location. The amount of wiggle you will get (after loosening the clamp) usually depends on the properties of the tape, i.e. how sticky and/or stretchable it is. But in general case, in order to do major position adjustments on road shifters one will typically have to re-wrap the bars.
the biggest limiting factor in moving brifters (for me) isn't the bar tape. It's the electrical tape I use to hold the cables to the handlebar under the bar tape. Bar tape moves just fine. But yeah, to get to the taped cables, that's a rewrap waiting to happen....
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As Shown, bend in the Bar will limit inward Motion, as will flaring out for the Center Bulge, of relocation plans.
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