[CR]Brake lever placement

(Example: Framebuilding)

Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2005 09:20:22 -0400 (EDT)
From: <wheelman@nac.net>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]Brake lever placement

I am building up a 70s J.P. Weigle and I am using a nice vintage set of Cinelli handlebars. These are not track bars but have a rather sweeping curve to them. I usually use the rule of thumb that the brake lever tip should not dip below the plane created by the bottom of the handlebar flat area. I use a straight edge to get one set and a tool to make sure the other is even. This usually works well but this time when I set the Campy brake lever up they protrude sideways like a giant hangnail. No matter what I tried they just would not look right nor fit correctly at that height. I had to move them down almost a half inch lower than that imaginary plane. Has anyone else experienced this and what was done to make it acceptable to use and look at.

Ray Homiski
Elizabeth, NJ