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Old 05-09-05, 07:39 PM
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I just ate it

Alright so I get the sudden urge to drop off my bottom deck to the back yard with my bike (the drop is only a couple feet). So as I approach I give a quick pedal to lift my front wheel off the ground so I dont nose dive. Well sure enough, The gear I am in is too high and my front wheel doesnt really lift but two inches off the deck. So I basically do a little nose dive into the backyard and hit a deck support post, which is probably 6x6 or so, with my arm. I now have a chainring hole in the back of my ankle, and what looks like road rash on my arm. This is the least of my worries though; I bent my brake lever. It wasnt so bad that I couldnt just bend it back but it makes me worry. This has happened several times and I am wondering if I should replaces them. Does anybody make a strong brake lever that doesnt bend so easily? By the way the lever is made my Avid if that matters.
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Old 05-09-05, 07:45 PM
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Ouchies. Sorry I dont know what lever to recomoend.
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Old 05-09-05, 09:05 PM
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Originally Posted by coops1105
Alright so I get the sudden urge to drop off my bottom deck to the back yard with my bike (the drop is only a couple feet). So as I approach I give a quick pedal to lift my front wheel off the ground so I dont nose dive. Well sure enough, The gear I am in is too high and my front wheel doesnt really lift but two inches off the deck. So I basically do a little nose dive into the backyard and hit a deck support post, which is probably 6x6 or so, with my arm. I now have a chainring hole in the back of my ankle, and what looks like road rash on my arm. This is the least of my worries though; I bent my brake lever. It wasnt so bad that I couldnt just bend it back but it makes me worry. This has happened several times and I am wondering if I should replaces them. Does anybody make a strong brake lever that doesnt bend so easily? By the way the lever is made my Avid if that matters.
Tip dropping off of stuff, when the front needs to be raised, use the arms, it works a bit better.
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Old 05-09-05, 09:13 PM
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I like to lift my front wheel by leaning back and pulling with my arms, when I have enough speed. When you dont have any run, then the wheelie drop is the best approach. Just make sure your derailluer is perfectly tuned and it doesnt ghost shift.

Oh yeah, and use the right gear.
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Old 05-09-05, 09:14 PM
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You should have your break levers loose enough on the bar that they rotate in a crash, but tight enough they don't move around under normal riding.
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Old 05-09-05, 09:52 PM
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Originally Posted by seely
You should have your break levers loose enough on the bar that they rotate in a crash, but tight enough they don't move around under normal riding.
Yep, good advice.
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Old 05-09-05, 10:51 PM
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that (bending the brake lever) happened to me once, the lever should be strong enough so just bend it back and keep going, you wont need to buy another lever anytime soon (unless it happens to you repeatedly). just dont bend it back with your thumb like i did - instant dislocation.
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Old 05-10-05, 01:53 AM
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Originally Posted by seely
You should have your break levers loose enough on the bar that they rotate in a crash, but tight enough they don't move around under normal riding.
Very good tip- Ive been doing it for ages. Anyone who doesn't do this is asking for his lever to be snapped/bent.
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Old 05-10-05, 12:15 PM
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I would have used more arms but I didnt have enough speed. But anyway I will take your word just let the levers be until they actually snap. It was the first time it has happened w/ my new bike so I should be good to go for several more "lever bends"
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Old 05-10-05, 05:07 PM
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definitely time for a replacement
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