Not the usual handlebar setup

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My arthritic hands give me problems on a bike – not what you want in a race like the YAU. So Mark Redwood from TFN suggested changing the brake positions around – rear brake on the right, front on the left. I know that’s the way the rest of the world do it anyway, but it’s not usual in the UK! Then he’s moved the gear change lever to the left.

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Gear lever upside down on left with front brake

So in theory it should all work out since on my left hand I can use my thumb but my fingers go numb (ok for gear change and sparing use of front brake) and on my right hand I can use my fingers but not my thumb (ok for extensive use of rear brake and nothing else).

Test rides planned for the next couple of days. If I forget during the race I shall end up in a heap in the snow!

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