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elk2010-04-29 05:04:28 +0000 #1
I am currently convinced that having my front brake at my right hand is a very good idea....and its been so long since I rode that my synapses are still flexible

IOW...can mold my braking instinct.

But I do want my shifter back under my right hand, and it is currently on the left. I have: internal/hub gears ? My shifter is one unit w/the brake.

They are Shimano BR421 V brakes & the shifter is a Shimano Nexus Trigger.

I was thinking that **all** I need to do is unhook the cables, switch the levers/shifter, bring the shifter cable to the right and rehook...So the front right brake would be part of the shift unit.

Seems like the kind of thing, that if feasible--wouldn't take very long...could maybe do it myself....IF IF IF I had some clear diagrams. Maybe?
boy in a kilt2010-04-29 05:06:34 +0000 #2
Not sure why they switched the shifter over too. Maybe he thought you were left handed? Not sure why a bike shop would do this without asking but that's a discussion for another thread.

Brake levers don't care whether they are connected to the front or rear brakes as long as they both work the same. V-brakes do so you are in luck.

You'll need to put your levers back the way they were (involves taking the levers and grips off again). Unless your shifter cable has some weird routing going on, you shouldn't need to touch that.

You will, however, need to remove your brake cables so you can switch them out. Shouldn't need to cut them, just pull them out, switch sides and put them back in. Might need to play with the tension a little but that's it.

Here: www.parktool.com/repair/readhowto.asp?id=21 is the link on how to do that.
elk2010-04-29 05:41:01 +0000 #3
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Originally Posted by boy in a kilt

Not sure why they switched the shifter over too. Maybe he thought you were left handed? Not sure why a bike shop would do this without asking but that's a discussion for another thread.

Yes..we already addresed that on Friday and that guy is toast in my address book...;-) I wouldn't LET him fix it....

Brake levers don't care whether they are connected to the front or rear brakes as long as they both work the same. V-brakes do so you are in luck.

You'll need to put your levers back the way they were (involves taking the levers and grips off again). Unless your shifter cable has some weird routing going on, you shouldn't need to touch that.

No weird routing a'tall. The first time I tried this, I couldn't get the shift/brake unit to slide over the bar end (clearly it fits though)...ANy tips? I don''t want to force it......grease?

You will, however, need to remove your brake cables so you can switch them out. Shouldn't need to cut them, just pull them out, switch sides and put them back in. Might need to play with the tension a little but that's it.

Here: www.parktool.com/repair/readhowto.asp?id=21 is the link on how to do that.

thank you BIAK...That link makes things look almost TOO easy....I did order the Zinn book (the Road Bike)

and look forward to learning more.

elk
boy in a kilt2010-04-29 06:01:33 +0000 #4
Umm. I'm not sure why. It should slide right on like it was designed to go there.

Is the cable too short?
elk2010-04-29 06:49:14 +0000 #5
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Originally Posted by boy in a kilt

Umm. I'm not sure why. It should slide right on like it was designed to go there.

Is the cable too short?

nope..it just kept getting stuck just past the brake lever on the edge...maybe it was the plug in the bar end ...
boy in a kilt2010-04-29 05:22:46 +0000 #6
sounds like you've solved your own problem.
elk2010-04-29 07:34:59 +0000 #7
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Originally Posted by boy in a kilt

sounds like you've solved your own problem.

NB: your signature
elk2010-04-29 07:09:42 +0000 #8
ta da!

I did it....DH came in to help...he hasn't changed a cable for 20 years...

I think my cables might be a little short....according to the Park website...they don't come into the lever or the brake at a straight angel...but a curve...

Here...let's see if photobooth will help....

yes...although the angle isn't helpful...they are long enough to turn the wheel...

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