We all know that a nasty crash could mean a visit to the bike service. That means no riding for a while 'till the bike is repaired and also could be expensive.
Brake levers could bend since when you crash the handlebar is the first thing that will hit the ground.
There are a few things to do in order to save your brake levers.
- Positioning the brakes
When installing the brakes it's important to set them correctly. Be sure to position them so that when the lever is closed, the end doesn't go past the end of the handlebar. In case of the crash the end of the handlebar will take the energy of the impact
- Handlebar clamp screw
Do not over tighten the screw. The brake should not move easily but if pushed a bit more they should rotate slightly. If the brake lever will impact the ground instead of banding, they will just rotate a bit on the handle bar.