Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Deep in the heart of Texas
Bikes: Presto NJS build, Specialized Allez Pro w/ full Dura Ace and Ksyrium SLs, 1990something Specialized Sirrus
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Hey guys great info on this. Thanks for posting that link to the bikeisland lever I am probably going to buy that. OP- there is this service here in Austin called the Yellow Bike Project which is sort of a junkyard for bike parts. If you don't care about looks, you can find a cheap caliper and cable at a place like this and then just buy a cheap lever for about 10 bucks on ebay or some bike website.
I want an all black lever and caliper, so I am going to buy the bikeisland one, but just so you know, there are these types of charity projects in various cities.
I also looked into taking the rear brake off of my road bike but it didn't seem like it was going to fit on my FG fork and I would have had to buy a new lever anyways. It seems to me that finding a small little cross lever (without paying for it) is definitely the trickiest part of rigging up o a fixie brake.