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    I'm lost. How do you remove Dia-compe brake clamps?

    I want to put on a quill stem and I need to remove the brake levers on my Univega, but I am only used to modern Shimano/Campy systems with the easy access allen wrench bolts.

    I peeled the hood backs (front and back) and seem to find a hex bolt or anything? There is a square hole on the bottom but I don't what it is for.

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    Undo the lever on the caliper.
    Squeeze the lever all the way
    Look down the gap at the top of the lever (between lever and body)
    You'll see slotted bolt-head for screwdriver (or allen-key socket head on newer levers)

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    Loosen the brake cable... squeeze the lever... and look in the gap created between the lever and the hood when you squeeze... There should be a screw head for you to loosen which after loosened a few turns will allow the brake lever to be slid off the bar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dgregory57
    Loosen the brake cable... squeeze the lever... and look in the gap created between the lever and the hood when you squeeze... There should be a screw head for you to loosen which after loosened a few turns will allow the brake lever to be slid off the bar.
    Thanks guys! Lifesavers. Btw, How do you put new hoods on? Do you have to remove the brake cable where it joins to lever?
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    Hey, they should come off in pretty much the same manner as the new ones. Squeeze the lever, look in with a flashlight and there should be a slotted bolt for your screwdriver in pretty much the same place as the ones you are familiar with. If not, and you have some newer ones than that like the Royal gran Compe, you may have a small rectangular hole in the front of the lever where you can insert an allen wrench. Hope this helps.

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    Isn't this ironic. We've gotten tons of questions from riders familiar with regular brake levers who can't figure how to remove STI/Ergo levers.

    Now someone who if familiar only with STI/Ergo levers has run into the old style and doesn't know where the binder bolt is located. No disrespect intended but I think this is a first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sincitycycler
    Thanks guys! Lifesavers. Btw, How do you put new hoods on? Do you have to remove the brake cable where it joins to lever?
    I need to go to a mechanic's class!

    Assuming these are non-aero style brakes then yes, you do have to remove the cable. It is very easy when you remove the levers. Just slip the ferrule out of the stop on the top of the lever, remove the old hood, install the new hood, and thread the cable thru the top of the hood. Reattach to the lever and you are good to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HillRider
    Isn't this ironic. We've gotten tons of questions from riders familiar with regular brake levers who can't figure how to remove STI/Ergo levers.
    Now someone who if familiar only with STI/Ergo levers has run into the old style and doesn't know where the binder bolt is located. No disrespect intended but I think this is a first.
    Glad you pointed this out, Hill. It is pretty funny, now that I think of it. I still think of the old way as standard. Kinda like "standard"-reach brakes

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