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Brake Hoods Tilted Inward... Have You Tried It?

Old 10-09-21, 04:06 PM
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the aggressive tilt reminds me of when a bicycle takes a tumble & after picking out the dirt, the levers are pointing in like such in a way. Some tilt is nice.
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Yes to the inward rotation! I've been out dialing my 48cm Noodles with Tiagra levers, and my hands were "telling"me they wanted the levers rotated inwards. Somewhere between 5 and 10 degrees, feels right. I'll rarely be in the hooks or on the drops, and have interrupters for when on the flats, so this is primarily for braking on the hoodz. Inward just feels better.
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Thanks all. I ignored this thread until when raising bars (now in my 70s) and putting bar end shifters on the ends of bullhorn bars for my town bike I never tightened the bar end clamps all the way and found to my surprise they were tilted in at about the angles shown after the first ride. Recalling this thread I tried it on a couple drop bars and the early returns are good.
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On September 6, 2020 at 9:57pm, Surak wrote with regard to angled hoods:
Originally Posted by surak
We'll know it's faster when the UCI bans it in competition and concocts a hood-angle measuring device to check riders' handlebars.
I believe that Surak should earn a Prescient Award for this.
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Inward is definitively more ergonomic, up to a certain point. Now, it was banned (or more like controlled) by the UCI because people were abusing of how tilted inward the levers were to gain a few watts. Some of them were so inward that the brake levers were almost perpendicular to the horns, resulting in a safety hazard.

The majority always pays for the minority - it's a social rule.

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Originally Posted by eduskator
The majority always pays for the minority - it's a social rule.
That is the general problem with most things.

Ugh..
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I’ve been using slightly inward tilting on traditionally shaped drop bars for a long time, both standard and compact. I now have 2 bikes with Ritchey Beacon flared drop bars. They have very shallow drop, 88mm, and short reach, flare is 36 degrees. The inward angle is pretty extreme and I have found it to be highly comfortable, easy on the wrist and hands, and has almost eliminated my problem with badly arthritic thumbs. With the, there is more surface area and room for the hands. IMO, the levers are also easier to access.

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Originally Posted by delbiker1
I’ve been using slightly inward tilting on traditionally shaped drop bars for a long time, both standard and compact. I now have 2 bikes with Ritchey Beacon flared drop bars. They have very shallow drop, 88mm, and short reach, flare is 36 degrees. The inward angle is pretty extreme and I have found it to be highly comfortable, easy on the wrist and hands, and has almost eliminated my problem with badly arthritic thumbs. With the, there is more surface area and room for the hands. IMO, the levers are also easier to access.

You call this ''slightly'' inward?
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Originally Posted by eduskator
You call this ''slightly'' inward?
No, as stated in my post: “ the inward angle is pretty extreme”.

“Slightly” was with traditional drop handlebars.😝
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I recently had a little spill, and one of the levers now points inward a bit, and the other one is still parallel with the drops. I thought I would leave it that way for awhile, to see which felt more natural.

So far, I cannot tell the difference, and pretty much forgot about it until I saw this thread.
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I do it. Feels more natural. Although everyone passes me on the tarmac. To each his own.
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