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Curling clutch/brake levers ??

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Has anyone tried adding some curl to a stock clutch or brake lever?

I have cut mine down to about a three finger length, but I wish they had a little curl do them.

I don't know if should add some heat to bend aluminum I'm afraid they will just crack. Anyone ??

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Just crash once or twice and they'll curl on their own.

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I've done this to every set I ever had. I like a 2 finger clutch. I wrap a rag around it and put it in a vice and put a little curve right before the point I will cut it off. I wack it with a rubber dead blow. Then cut it off and smooth the end. Never broken one but I don't bend it much.

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If you want to be sure not to crack the aluminum, apply some heat. For some reason, they bend nicely in a fall, but they'll always break when you try to bend them intentionally.

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If the lever is forged rather than cast, you'll have a better chance of bending it without it breaking. Still, a little heat in the spot you want the bend will help. Don't overdo the heat. Aluminum doesn't give much warning before it melts.

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I was given a tip on another forum about bending levers. I was told to get the right amount of heat into the lever w/o melting it was to give the lever a nice coating of soot then burn it off and do the bending gently and quickly as possible

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I'm going to try it with a little love from a propane torch, I think I'll start with brake lever, just in case I snap it I can still go riding....:)

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coating of soot????

What is soot?

We are both from Mass. but I dont know what soot is.a

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coating of soot????

What is soot?

We are both from Mass. but I dont know what soot is.a

Soot: the black gnar gnar that results from carbon deposits (i guess?) that are given off near the top of a flame. leaves a dense powdery residue. Fairly easy to wipe off.

If i was webster, that is what is how i'd define soot.

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:)

what else do you call it? carbon build up?

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I'm from Maine and we call it soot, never really heard anybody call it anything different

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