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Bar end brake level installation advice

Old 02-28-08, 05:03 PM
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Bar end brake level installation advice

Looking for a bit of advice:

Going from a flat bar to rb-021 bullhorns tonight. I intend to install
a Tektro 4.1 bar end lever with the cable running under the handlebar
tape to the front brake.

First time doing handlebar tape <grin>.

Having read the wrapping instructions, the bar end lever should go in last
to press the tape into the opening it seems. However, that would necessitate that the
tape already be wrapped over the brake housing... yes? Does this create issues
with cable housing length, etc? Is there something simple I'm missing?

Any advice for bullhorn wraps WITH bar end levers?

Many thanks
Justin
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Old 02-28-08, 05:04 PM
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Old 02-28-08, 05:06 PM
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You could just put a wrap or two around the end and and pull the cable through as you install the lever?

Then finish wrapping.
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Old 02-28-08, 05:11 PM
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Set your brake up w/o bar tape. Then tape down the cable housing in a couple spots with electrical tape. Now remove the lever (the cable comes out too.) Now wrap; when finished wrapping, reinstall the brake and your cable housing length that protrudes to do so should be perfect.
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Old 02-28-08, 05:14 PM
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take a look at profile design tt levers. the brake housing runs through the handle bars - you have to drill a hole the handle bars. i have the profile design levers and cane creek and prefer the profile design levers.
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Old 02-28-08, 05:18 PM
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I have barend shifters on one bike, and bar end brakes on the other (Tektro 4.1) and I don't bother stuffing the tape into the ends of the bars. I followed the method on Park's Website, under advanced tips. You cut a little taper into the end of the tape so you don't get a bulge where you start.

It took me a minute to figure out exactly how to do it but it works well and the wrap keeps the starting point from coming unraveled. If you are worried about it, put some electrical tape on the start of the wrap to keep it in place.
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Old 02-28-08, 05:36 PM
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Thanks for the link anti.team! That is really helpful!
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I used electrical tape. The Tektro 4.1 fit so snugly into the end of the bars that you wouldn't have any room to fit the cork tape under it. If you want it to look continuous all the way, use a taper like anti.team suggested, but glue the end with super-glue so it doesn't peel up.
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I ran my Tektro 720 aero levers cable through my RB 021s. I had to drill the bottom of the bars near the stem for the cables.
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Originally Posted by Boss Moniker View Post
If you want it to look continuous all the way, use a taper like anti.team suggested, but glue the end with super-glue so it doesn't peel up.
That's an excellent idea! On my bullhorns I'm not worried about the first wrap peeling up, because it is underneath the subsequent wraps. On my road bike with drops, it has already been an issue (that's when I learned to e-tape the end down) but superglue would have looked much nicer.

Oh well, I seem to have to re-wrap my bars about every 2 weeks, so I'll do it then. Either I'm getting really good at it or I super suck at it and have to keep redoing it!
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