Today’s QT comes to us from RBR Premium Member Martin Estner, who offers a take on adjusting the positioning of shifters/brake hoods. Here’s what he writes:
The recent tip on aligning a handlebar stem reminded me of how I adjust the positioning of brake hoods.
I like my handlebar drops parallel to the ground, and I like my brake hoods to be set so that my hands and wrists are in a straight position with no bend as if I were shaking hands with the hoods.
After adjusting the handlebar angle, I will adjust one brake hood so that it is in my preferred position and tighten it. Then I will position the second hood approximately at its correct spot and place a straight edge across the tops of both brake hoods.
Then I more carefully position the second one so that the straight edge is exactly parallel to the top part of the handlebar nearest the stem and tighten it. I’ll generally take the bike for a little spin around the block just to confirm that it feels right before putting on the bar tape.
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