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Brake Lever Shims

Old 11-09-10, 05:03 PM
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Brake Lever Shims

I am looking for a shim for my tektro lever that fits a 26.0 bar, I want to put it on risers that are 22.2. I have tried electrical tape, reflector shims, but they all eventually move around. Do they make a shim for this?

I do have a lever that fits, but I change up my bars kind of frequently. This is the only bar I am having this problem with.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-09-10, 05:14 PM
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beer can. no joke.
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I use the rubber ones that come with lights and stuff.

Maybe a folded up busted inner tube will work, too. The aluminum can shim seems like it'd work, too, since that's what a lot of people use to shim their bars.
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Yeah, I was going to recommend cutting up a beer can. Preferably Guinness.
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Originally Posted by yummygooey View Post
I use the rubber ones that come with lights and stuff.
This.

I've done it with a 24mm clamp lever though. Shimming 26mm down to 22.2 is going to take quite the shim.
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Old 11-09-10, 06:02 PM
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i've used electrical tape and that holds up pretty well fitting 31.8mm lever on a 25.4mm bar~ what are you doing wrong?
are you wrapping the bar with enough passes to make it way bigger than what you need it to be so that it can have "clamp" to hold it down?

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Old 11-09-10, 08:03 PM
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Get a handlebar shim from your lbs.
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Originally Posted by illdthedj View Post
beer can. no joke.
Yeah, this is the method I was thinking would be the most solid, but I wrapped 3 circumferences of a beer can and it still needed quite a bit more. I was worried that all those different pieces of alum might start to slip on one another

Originally Posted by yummygooey View Post
I use the rubber ones that come with lights and stuff.

Maybe a folded up busted inner tube will work, too. The aluminum can shim seems like it'd work, too, since that's what a lot of people use to shim their bars.
I used the ones that come w/reflectors (they look a lot like the ones that come w/ lights), but they still tend to move.

Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
This.

I've done it with a 24mm clamp lever though. Shimming 26mm down to 22.2 is going to take quite the shim.
I was kinda surprised at the torque here, and maybe I am asking too much.

Originally Posted by muckymucky View Post
i've used electrical tape and that holds up pretty well fitting 31.8mm lever on a 25.4mm bar~ what are you doing wrong?
are you wrapping the bar with enough passes to make it way bigger than what you need it to be so that it can have "clamp" to hold it down?

meow
I know it seems sooo simple, but I have tried this dozens of time, and the electrical tape always slides on itself (and I made sure I wrapped in the right direction). My commute is through a river valley, so I have steep hills going and coming. I have stop lights coming off of steep downhills both ways. That along with railroad road tracks half way down, makes hard braking a must.

Originally Posted by pyze-guy View Post
Get a handlebar shim from your lbs.
I have a 25.4 to 26, but I need those for the risers themselves!


I really appreciate everyones reply. I have a Raleigh that came with Tektro levers, and they had what appeared to be half a metal brake lever shim. So I thought I must be overlooking something. I was looking and looking, but not finding anything.

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Originally Posted by muckymucky View Post
i've used electrical tape and that holds up pretty well fitting 31.8mm lever on a 25.4mm bar~ what are you doing wrong?
are you wrapping the bar with enough passes to make it way bigger than what you need it to be so that it can have "clamp" to hold it down?

meow
Probably because you're putting your lever on the clamp area. The lever is not 31.8 mm. It's meant to fit a 31.8 mm bar BESIDE the clamp area. Big difference, really.

OP: Can you put the lever on the clamp area right beside the stem?
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Old 11-09-10, 10:41 PM
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31.8mm sized interrupt levers do exist though.
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Originally Posted by Vixtor View Post
31.8mm sized interrupt levers do exist though.
I couldn't be arsed to find one. I stuck my Cane Creek OS cross lever ride next to the stem, and just didn't clamp it down all the way. Put down a few layers of electrical tape to fill in any minute gaps. It's solid!

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