See Roundawhile's suggestion from a few posts ago which will help make the job safer and easier.....Started the rear hub and axle service on Thursday but my circlip pliers have disappeared so waiting for some new ones to arrive before I can complete the job. Bearings are in good order at 37k but i want to pull the hub to clean and grease the chain adjuster. Also waiting for new rear pads as they were lower than i expected.......
Cheers, KeefPlace a broom handle or whatever you have up thru the axle first. Instead of flying off (usually aimed at your head or arm) it just spins on the handle. The head of the broom stops it going any further
I tried this arrangement yesterday on an old brake lever that looked about half as bad as yours. I've found that using a large shifter enables me to attach to things without 'gripping them' and therefore lowers the chance of leaving marks.
Yeh thanks it is a very pretty color, getting a bit rough these days unfortunately and very difficult to touch up. Still gets a few looks which is nice but I'm starting to look at those 955s beautiful and cheap over here but alas at my age and income etc just a pipe dream to have two in the barn. Cheers hope youre all well. BobMrs MHS would love having that purple bike, Bob
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You are lucky Keef. I straightened out the brake lever on my 2002 ST and it snapped in half. When I did it on my 2008 ST I used some heat and no problem at all. Heat is the trick.I tried this arrangement yesterday on an old brake lever that looked about half as bad as yours. I've found that using a large shifter enables me to attach to things without 'gripping them' and therefore lowers the chance of leaving marks.
I placed the foot pedal section in the vice jaws, and used one foot to hold the vice down.
I adjusted the shifter's jaws to match the width of the little tab on the back of the pivot mount and placed it on there.
I then twisted the shifter back slowly and steadily. At first I wasn't sure if whether the pedal was just going to straighten, crack or twist-off.... I went and put safety boots and glasses on. On the first try I didn't twist far enough and the pedal just returned back to the bent position. On the second try I twisted it a little beyond the 'straight' position and when I relaxed the pressure it sat about right. A third twist and it ended up almost perfect. At this point I could see that the pedal was also bent a little 'inwards' as well as upwards, so I did a similar arrangement for the other axis and bent the pedal shaft outwards a little too.
I wasn't sure whether this would work or whether I would snap the lever, but decided to give it a go on this old lever and find out. For me it worked, however there is obviously no guarantee it will work for others or any idea whether it is a durable repair.
Good luck with yours if you haven't done it already.
The way I practice it: I scrub a piece of soap on the part to have it coated. When I heat the part up, I wait for the soap coating to start changing color (going darker/brownish). That's the right temp. I can straighten the part. In addition the soap is protecting the part from surface burning. Just have to wash it after is cools down.Enough heat so you don't need much effort to straighten it.