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Old 03-26-07, 08:11 AM   #1
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Brake removal

Ok, this question is a bit ridiculous, and embarrassing to ask but it's something I've just never done before.
I am trying to remove my rear brake, and for the life of me I don't see how the front lever comes off!
It is on a pair of drop bars and looks similar to the picture below. Please make fun of me, and then answer my question Thanks!
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often it is inside behind the lever.
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if it is like most of the old levers, you'll need a long wide flathead screwdriver.

squeeze the brake lever until you can see inside it, there is a big screw in there. stick your screwdriver in and unscrew.
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what you want to do is loosen the cable, then squeeze the lever and if you look down into the little hole that opens up you will see a slot that fits a flathead screwdriver perfect. righty tighty lefty loosey

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if it is like most of the old levers, you'll need a long wide flathead screwdriver.

squeeze the brake lever until you can see inside it, there is a big screw in there. stick your screwdriver in and unscrew.
No dice, thats what I tried originally. There looks like there may be a hex in there, if thats the case i dont have one thin enough...and it might NOT be a hex, I can't make out if it is just round or not.
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you've removed the cable already right?
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got it. there was a small set screw under the lever, unscrewed that popped off the lever, then the rest just followed. Thanks!
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i have those same levers i believe, and im having the same problem. is the screw inside the lever housing?
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No, on mine it was on the outside on the very underside of the part that fits to the bars.
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manoman have times changed since i was a kid...
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