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    Small hands need small levers

    I have introduced my 9 year old daughter to mountain biking. The only problem is the brake levers are to big for her hands and she's having a hard time pulling them. The current set up is some older LX V brakes and levers. Any body know of some smaller levers for kids that will work?

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    I'm not sure about the older LX levers, but most levers have a reach adjustment.

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    The brake levers should have small set screws in them you can use to adjust the starting position of the levers. First you might want to loosen the brake cables and then screw in the set screws until the levers are in the correct position then readjust the brakes. I did this for my son's first try on v-brakes at 4 and then again when he just got his geared bike at 6.
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    Did the reach adjustment still no good she has real tiny hands.

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    Your best bet might be to go into a few lbs's and see what they have that'll work.
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    over the years

    the older vbrake LX was one of the best for tiny hands; but as the previous poster said, try the LBS and see if they can make the adjustment better for her?

    good luck, Jim

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    I know at the shop I work at I've seen some WSD levers that come off the trek womens mtbs, ask around as some shops have have some. Also, another consideration is to "delicately manipulate" the levers into the desired shape... in other words, cover the levers in a cloth and bend by slipping a pipe over them, so your daughter can safely use them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TimT
    Did the reach adjustment still no good she has real tiny hands.

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    I havn't played around with mechnicals in a while. I seem to recall having to go down to the hardware store and getting longer set screws to get proper reach adjustment for some kids bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by racerzero
    I havn't played around with mechnicals in a while. I seem to recall having to go down to the hardware store and getting longer set screws to get proper reach adjustment for some kids bike.
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    Also, if she's running really thickly padded grips, you might want to find something thinner. It'll help her grip the bar easier, and also make a little less reach to the levers.

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