Adjust A Bike’s Handlebar Controls Attached To Drop Handlebars

Introduction

The handlebar controls need to be easily accessible and your hands need to be comfortable while riding to avoid fatigue. Controls need to be positioned before you put tape on drop handlebars.

Step 1

Find The Clamp Bolts on the handlebar controls - Adjust A Bike’s Handlebar Controls Attached To Drop Handlebars

Find The Clamp Bolts on the handlebar controls

The clamp bolts for combined brake and gear controls are usually hidden under the rubber hood. Peel the hood back carefully to find them. On stand-alone brake levers the clamp bolt is often inside the lever, pull the brake into the ‘on’ position to reveal their heads.

Step 2

Loosen - Adjust A Bike’s Handlebar Controls Attached To Drop Handlebars

Loosen

Loosen the clamp bolts so the controls can just be moved on the drop handlebars.

Step 3

Position on the drop handlebars - Adjust A Bike’s Handlebar Controls Attached To Drop Handlebars

Position on the drop handlebars

Position the handlebar controls where they are easy to operate and comfortable to rest on.

Step 4

Lock - Adjust A Bike’s Handlebar Controls Attached To Drop Handlebars

Lock

Clamp the controls tight in the new position on the drop handlebars.

Step 5

Check - Adjust A Bike’s Handlebar Controls Attached To Drop Handlebars

Check

Make sure the handlebar controls still have room to function, that the levers can travel as far as necessary.