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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-27-2006, 02:33 PM Thread Starter
 
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Brake lever adjustment

Is there any way to adjust the brake lever like you can the clutch lever? I have small hands and can't cover the front brake and hold the throttle at the same time.
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As it's hydraulic, there is no adjustment that I know of. I have small hands for a guy and I don't even attempt to keep throttle on if I use the front brakes. I use the rear for hill starts and the like.

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Angry No adjustment on Front brake because..

Front brake disc and disc pad wear are automatically compensated for and
have no effect on brake lever action. There are no parts that require
adjustment on the front disc brake.

Just had Lena in for her 500 mile check up and the dealer's shop found nothing out of the ordinary on the bike, but now my Clutch is messed up and when engaging the Clutch (letting it out) it doesn't start to grab until
it is almost all the way out.. Never trust a dealership mechanic!


Didn't notice the messed up Clutch adjustment when riding it home from the dealership...sounds like something got stretched out of adjustment from not locking it down. Should be able to fix it myself...?

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Norsseman,

There are 2 adjustment points for the clutch. One is at the lever and the other is about half way down the down tube on the frame. It looks like an elongated black nut. Chances are the mech knocked it out of its holder or otherwise fouled it up. Chances are you will only need to check this point and adjust whatever the dealer hosed up.

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It looks like the brake lever is bent down a bit. How hard is it to change it out seeing how it is hydraulic?
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Maybe try a Throttle Rocker Kait.
The picture on the website shows it mounted on the outside of the grip, but I prefer to have mine on the inside.
It may take some getting used to, but holding the front brake and giving some gas at the same time is little easier (for me atleast) because I can now use my thumb to give it a 'twist' .

I should note, the website has the Throttle Rocker 2, which is held inplace with a velcro strap. I have the original, which mounts a little differently, but the T.R. 2 should still work the same way.

Changing the lever is alot easier than doing the clutch lever, seeing as there is no cable to deal with. Ya should just need to remove the bolt & replace


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Kait, the only suggestion I have (besides something smart-ass) is to do like Hyper does, and put a leather cover over the lever. He apparently deleted his pics of the chatterbox that happened to have the laced leather lever covers, or I would have linked to it. He had an incident when younger with a lawn mower, and the leather helps him grab the lever.

laced leather lever cover link, laced leather lever cover link, laced leather lever cover link... OK? Now say it faster!

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Cegodsey... and I was so hoping for a smart-ass remark... I didn't scare you away with the talk about my pals in SF did I?

Thanks Hyper, I may try the TR2. I mostly just want it for safety reasons. I always read about covering your front brake in traffic, and if I do that, I am going to get hit in the [email protected]@ from the rapid deceleration!
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Kait, the only suggestion I have (besides something smart-ass) is to do like Hyper does, and put a leather cover over the lever. He apparently deleted his pics of the chatterbox that happened to have the laced leather lever covers, or I would have linked to it. He had an incident when younger with a lawn mower, and the leather helps him grab the lever.

laced leather lever cover link, laced leather lever cover link, laced leather lever cover link... OK? Now say it faster!
The leather covers certainly help me with grip on the levers.
Here's the pic (I reloaded it for this post).


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Hyper, that looks really good. Did you do it on both sides even though you only need it on one?
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