Wednesday 14 March 2012: near the end
I very much hope that this is now nearing the end of the experimental fiddling phase but may have to compromise somewhere. New brakes arrived today (pleasingly being put through the letterbox rather than just left in the sorting office in favour of sticking a card through the door) and offer a pleasingly large amount of travel before hitting another bit of bar but don't really look as if they'll be able to be mounted pivot-to-bar-end with the shifters placed wire-to underside. Despite the appearance of everything functioning well yesterday evening on the blipride it's difficult to find a hand position where the huge bulk of the STIs doesn't become irritating and it's often luck that the shifter wire (necessarily starting at the top) isn't digging in. Whilst the bodies of these levers are much smaller the bands are a bit fatter and I snapped a ferrule trying to get the right shifter lined-up. As the washing-machine man was so quick yesterday I had to go to and from work with the left side as it has been for a couple of weeks (forward-high on the shifter and pivot-forward on the underslung normal-mounted STI) but with the right shifter sideways and the front brake lever reverse-mounted, where it functions well enough but frequently gets in the way of my smallest two fingers and just isn't in the right place when I instinctively grab for a brake, which twenty years' habit has conditioned to be done from the expectedpoint of the lever's fulcrum backwards/downwards.