Do not overtighten the controls on the handlebar!!

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Do not overtighten the controls on the handlebar!!

Postby BikingBob » Mon Dec 31, 2012 18:08 pm

Some of you may already know of this, but alas I didn't and had to learn the hard way............. :( :roll: :cry:

When assembling the various levers on your bars be careful not to put them on fully tight. doing this prevents them spinning when you have the inevitable crash & makes the damage much, much worse.

See below evidence....

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A few rides after i had a similar "over the bar" incident with the levers not so tightly done up and true to my lesson (from my bro) they just spun around !!!

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Re: Do not overtighten the controls on the handlebar!!

Postby bennett_346 » Mon Dec 31, 2012 19:06 pm

Don't fall off ;)

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Postby The Northern Monkey » Mon Dec 31, 2012 19:09 pm

Ha! ^

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Re: Do not overtighten the controls on the handlebar!!

Postby 02GF74 » Mon Dec 31, 2012 20:17 pm

indeed - if the levers/controls do not clear the top tube, then as you say, keep the bolts tight enough but not too tight,

you may wish to fit aluminium alloy bolts - you will not be able to overtighten them and have some weight saving - I use them on my weight weenie bike and have not had any problems with levers/controls moving.

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Re: Do not overtighten the controls on the handlebar!!

Postby BikingBob » Tue Jan 01, 2013 12:49 pm

bennett_346 wrote:Don't fall off ;)
Indeed that is another possibility :D

02GF74 wrote:indeed - if the levers/controls do not clear the top tube, then as you say, keep the bolts tight enough but not too tight,
you may wish to fit aluminium alloy bolts - you will not be able to overtighten them and have some weight saving - I use them on my weight weenie bike and have not had any problems with levers/controls moving.


I will look into that, thanks!!
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Postby bluechair84 » Thu Jan 03, 2013 10:54 am

Yup, I learnt the hardway after a twisted the bars around my leg. The brake lever dug into my thigh and didn't budge. Whilst I got away with bruising, it was the worst frickin' bruise of my life - My entire thigh went black and yellow with weird black pencil scribble all over it. Scared the crap out of me for a while.

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Postby BikingBob » Fri Jan 04, 2013 15:39 pm

bluechair84 wrote:Yup, I learnt the hardway after a twisted the bars around my leg. The brake lever dug into my thigh and didn't budge. Whilst I got away with bruising, it was the worst frickin' bruise of my life - My entire thigh went black and yellow with weird black pencil scribble all over it. Scared the crap out of me for a while.


Yeah same here, although my thighs broke my bike somehow :(
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Postby allthegearnoidea » Fri Jan 04, 2013 16:25 pm

there is such a thing as 'Bump tight' tight enough to not move, not So tight that in the event of crash they break!
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Postby bluechair84 » Fri Jan 04, 2013 20:39 pm

Finally found a picture of it!

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You can see towards the top of my thigh where the brake lever dug in. It developed a little deeper than this for a few more days but I didn't get another photo.


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