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Old 10-15-10, 05:56 PM   #1
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Stem-mounted suicide lever for DiaCompe center-pull brake.

I haven't found a local source yet for brake levers that will fit this 1" handlebar so I sawed the main lever off a Dia Compe lever with an extension lever. It looks kinda steampunk, I guess, and it even sorta works :-)

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That is pretty neat.

I was thinking something like this:

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Vixtor, I like that, too The stem on my bike is a bit too big for a 22mm clamp.
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That looks pretty baller but I can't imagine myself using a lever like that. It reminds me of a car's parking brake.
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i dont approve of the performance, but i like where your head is at.
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Old 10-15-10, 08:43 PM   #6
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Euthe, I need practice at operating it, for sure. I've only tested it on a run to the store.

adriano, I hope no one cries because I chopped up a '76 Dia Compe lever...
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cool but i think you need to either bend the lever or mount it lower on the stem so you can get more pull out of it.

center pulls aren't very short pull unless you set them up with no modulation.
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cc700, I don't know if it's wise to bend the lever, but I can mount it a bit lower.
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cc700, I don't know if it's wise to bend the lever, but I can mount it a bit lower.
If you heat it up with a torch at the bend then the metal won't fatigue very much.
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I was picturing the same thing as Vixtor, but... that's actually really clever. I can't imagine it works too well, but points for creativity!
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How about using the opposite side lever, so that the bend is further from the bar?
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Euthe, Vixtor: I have moved it all round the stem and used the opposite housing & lever. This is the best combo of reach and leverage so far. Now, if I front mounted the housing and made a shorter lever...

x136, I may create something else
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Euthe, I need practice at operating it, for sure. I've only tested it on a run to the store.

adriano, I hope no one cries because I chopped up a '76 Dia Compe lever...
i mean performance as the ability to brake.
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I haven't found a local source yet for brake levers that will fit this 1" handlebar so I sawed the main lever off a Dia Compe lever with an extension lever. It looks kinda steampunk, I guess, and it even sorta works :-)

Cool concept, but I'll bet you'll smash the jewels on it sooner or later. (if you havn't already)
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adriano, it does work, but this lever isn't as efficient as the one I sawed off.

ilikebikes, I'm avoiding heavy traffic until I get proper levers.
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IMO just go with a classic aluminum lever, bar mounted.








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Nice way to castrate yourself.... >.<
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I like it.
Even if all it does is satisfy the brake weenies or cops.
If it actually stops the bike, double win.
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