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Old 06-07-14, 02:05 PM   #1
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What is the ideal height position for brake hoods?

I just installed new brakes on a new used bike I bought. I installed them to be more or less level but riding I feel very forward on the drops. My other bike's hoods are maybe slightly up from level but feel fine (frame is probably 1 cm shorter reach.

But I am just curious what is the norm for hoods. Level, slightly up , way up?

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There is no norm though some people will say bottom of the lever even with the bottom of the drops. Even that is a useless standard due to the variety of levers and handlebar styles. Classic drops to me are the hardest to get a set up that's comfortable, functional and if possible not too fugly.

Put them wherever is most comfortable while still allowing you to reach the levers from the drops.
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I like
- the ramps of the bars to be fairly level, so that my hands aren't trying to slide down. Grippy tape and grippy gloves makes this less of an issue; slippery wool gloves on Benetto tape makes this more important.
- the hoods to be flat or tilted up a bit, for the same reason, but I don't like brake hoods sticking straight up, erection-like.
- the brake levers to be easily reached from both hoods and hooks.
- the drops to point down a bit, toward the rear hub.

To my eye, your bars could be tilted up a bit and the brake levers moved down the hooks a little.
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Agree, bars tilted up a good bit. Brake position pretty much perfect for me as pictured. Slightly up, with the levers more or less perfectly vertical. Saddle could use a bit of nose up if that picture is properly taken as I suspect it is.

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With the longer hood bodies of those Brake levers , consider a short Ramp Bar ..

Then the set up is bringing the reach to the levers back, and the flattish ramp-to lever line,

is more or less a continuation..

generally depends on the bar bend shape , older Trad, bends like the OP's,

I used the straight edge (yardstick) under the straight portion of the drops..
and the tip of the lever is not too far above touching the straight edge line ..

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Good article on hand positions here:
Lovely Bicycle!: Drop Bar Hand Positions: an Introduction
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