Step 4: Remove the Old Brake Levers

1. Pull the brake lever all the way in to expose the inside of the brake lever assembly.

2. Loosen the bolt holding the brake lever on.

This will loosen a metal band on the back of the brake lever assembly.

     Note: For me, a 5 mm Allen wrench was needed.  Your specific brake model may require a different size Allen wrench.

3. Slide the brake lever assembly off of the handle bar.

Be careful not to loosen the bolt too much where it comes out of the assembly.  If this happens, just make sure to put the pieces back in the same order they were originally.

     Note: You may notice that I also replaced the brake cables and brake cable housings.  This is not necessary when changing brake lever assembly, so it is not covered in process.  If you desire to put in new cables and cable housings, all that is required is to thread the cable housings through the frame and then cut them to size with a side cutters.  Once the brake cables are in place, they are cut to size too.
<p>Hey-thanks for the instruction! I might add that if you're just changing handlebars instead of brake levers, you won't disconnect the cables. Rather-you'd just unscrew the allen bold and slide the levers off, keeping them intact to add back to your new handlebars if possible. Thanks again!</p>
Good details to your project. Something worth noting when wrapping bars too, is make sure the wrap rotates to the direction of the rider. Your natural inclination is to pull on the bars when under hard pedaling. This tends to twist the bar tape towards you. If the bar is not wrapped in the towards rider direction, you will have loose bar tape in no time. I usually remember after I have done it the wrong way. <br><br>Sean<br><br>PS I love the blue tape I just did the color tape on my nieces touring bike. I have some for mine but have not put it on yet.
Very good instructions in this. Only thing I would say is that I think your front tire may be on backwards..... Shouldn't the tread run the other way?
It actually matters less than you may think. With very shallow treads, directionality can go out the window, but even with unidirectional knobbies, there can be some benefit to installing the front tread backwards; traction is most important on the front wheel when braking, and installing it such that the tread grabs when a backwards force is applied can lead to improved emergency stopping power. Check out <a href="http://sheldonbrown.com/tires.html#direction" rel="nofollow">http://sheldonbrown.com/tires.html#direction</a>for more info.<br> <br> Fantastic 'ible, by the way.&nbsp; I love the color bar tape you chose.
Just a tip, if they are close to being perfect there is an adjustment screw where the outer cable meets the caliper, and by twisting that anticlockwise you can tighten the brakes leading to better braking.

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