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    dia compe saftey bar

    i am putting together a commuting bike and was wondering what anyone thinks of the
    ad on dia comp so called safety brake bar good or bad?

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    I hope that you are referring to the modern interrupter levers and not the suicide levers of yesteryear.
    Haven't heard anything negative about interrupter levers for drop bars.
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    yha the suicide levers from dia comp

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    Most people will tell you they are worthless. In general they don't really have good stopping power and I wouldn't anything for them. If you do want them since lots of people take them off because they don't like them so you could get a pair for free. I have a bunch of them lying around. If you know their limitations they can be somewhat useful.
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    If you want to be able to brake from the tops get interrupter levers instead. They work a lot better.

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    I have a pair of brake levers with "safety" levers if you want 'em
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    Yeah, if they are the turkey wing style of old - then don't bother. Hell if you really, really want them, the local coop has a few NOS sets sitting around. I've left them there though, as I prefer brake levers without them.

    The cross/interrupter brake levers work really, really well with short pull brakes - such as canti's or road brakes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by monsterpile View Post
    Most people will tell you they are worthless. In general they don't really have good stopping power and I wouldn't pay anything for them. If you do want them since lots of people take them off because they don't like them so you could get a pair for free. I have a bunch of them lying around/. If you know their limitations they can be somewhat useful.
    +1

    I also disagree with the popular sentiment that they're worthless and unsafe. They usually are an indication of a low end bike, though I've seen them on several Schwinn Paramounts...

    I do agree that interrupters are better, though they can introduce a bit of slop to the brake system also.

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    you may be just as well served to put on straight handlebars
    and the levers made for them.
    though there are many shape choices in the not a drop bar category.

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    I use the "turkey bone" levers. When properly adjusted with dual-pivot brakes, one only need to gently apply the lever about 3/8" to bleed-off speed. More than 1 1/8" travel and the wheel will lock. Braking action is very linear with excellent feedback. It's a life-saver if your hands are not on the brake hoods and some idiot pulled into your path.

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    hey thanks for the feed back .. it sounds like they are not unsafe just not as swell as interupter bar thingy which i have on another bike. i just happen to have 6 pair of nos kits of dia-compe turkey wings and thought i might use them on my new from dumpster commuting bike.

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