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2nd hand road bike, should I remove bar tape to inspect bars?

Old 09-25-23, 02:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Crwban
I Don't want to go off topic but I'm interested to know what's wrong with the extra levers, surely it's safer to ride with them?
Other than adding a bit of weight and a little bit of resistance to the cables and housing, nothing is wrong with them. If you will use them, may as well keep them. If you don't use them, then consider ditching them once the brake cables and housing are due for replacement.

Given the amount of corrosion on the bike, it would also be worth inspecting the bearings in the headset and front hub. A bit of tri-flow, dri-slide, or other similar lubricant applied to the brake pivots will help prevent your brakes from seizing up.
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr
They are also found on kids road bikes and entry level road bikes because they provide a transition safety point when people are moving from flat bars to drop bars and still not totally comfortable. Further, they have been on smaller road bikes because small hands dont grip STI brake levers as easily as large hands, and because the reach to brake levers is often a lot for many kids to continually manage. So interrupter levers allow people to ride comfortable on flat road with a hand on the brake still.

Yes, some remove them. No, they arent inherently redundant wastes of space.
I didn't say they don't have their use. But for most people in most cases their utility is often of limited value. I was simply explaing the "why" of why somebody would want them removed. There are obviously exceptions; uses for which they were installed in the first place.
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I lean towards "it's unnecessary" but come to think about it, I've never not re-wrapped the bar on any bike I've ever purchased, new or used. I guess the act of re-wrapping the bar with new tape feels like it consummates my ownership of the bike.
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