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small hands , small lady - how do I reach the breaks??

lynneyblynneyb Posts: 4
edited April 2009 in Women
Are there any ladies out there with tiny hands that have overcome the difficulty of controlling the brakes without having to reach for the drop every time? I bought a Giant OCR in 2007 and have hardly ridden it due to lack of confidence. My main problem is the reaching of the brakes from the top of the levers. I can control them from the drops but I don't feel as confident riding this way. The bike I have isn't a women's specific, just a size small. I'm only 5ft tall so it is a small bike. I've had a few bits and bobs changed but none that make any difference. It is the Shimano sora flightdeck and I have had an extra spacer fitted but still no joy! Before I put the bike on ebay, I'd like to give this one more try and look for advise. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd really like to hear them.

Many thanks

Lynneb
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