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Old 08-22-14, 10:53 PM   #1
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B-witched handbars, any brakes that fit?

Recently purchased a SS from someone who had B-witched handbars..

I really like the handlebars and i really am looking to not replace them. only issue is they are extremely small and with the animal grips on them currently there isnt much room for a brake lever..

Im curious to know if anyone has any idea to possibly to get a brake lever on this handlebar. Thanks for everything.
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You could cut half an inch of the grips away with a razor blade then put the brake lever there. That's if you like the grips a lot, if you don't just replace the grips with ones that are shorter and put it on.
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Old 08-23-14, 06:49 PM   #3
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That's a neat idea.
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That's rad^

Deets?
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Old 08-24-14, 12:40 AM   #6
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That's rad^

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It looks like a lever designed to clamp around the bars that's been mis-used but whatever, it's a neat solution, even if there isn't a 'problem' to be 'fixed'.
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not my idea, of course. found it on pinterest somewhere, thought neat too.
guess it'd need a bit of fabrication involved using a generic 'city' lever.
tried to locate the exact shimano lever with such clamp, couldn't find any.

this—also can easily be found on the 'bay—style levers seems easily to be fabricated to fit the stem, i guess?
Dia Compe MX-122 brake lever set (SILVER) - $14.90 : Track Supermarket - NJS/Keirin track/fixed gear bikes, frames, and parts from Japan
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You could cut half an inch of the grips away with a razor blade then put the brake lever there. That's if you like the grips a lot, if you don't just replace the grips with ones that are shorter and put it on.

i've done this move. i have some odi longnecks on my bwitch bars and think i could get a goldfinger (dia compe) on there too. or the smaller one. tracksupermarket has some solid choices. i found what i wanted there and then just ordered it on amazon so as not to pay that crazy Japanese shipping.
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That stem lever only looks useful if you ride drop bars right next to the stem.

For the OPs question about riser bars, it's pretty useless.

Try a brake lever that will work on the bend of the bar like a Dirty Harry or Gold Finger or cut your grips a little. I've cut risers down too narrow and had to sell as they would only fit grips and no lever and pushing a standard cross lever on to the bends would cause it to bump into my knuckles.

Have an extra brand new left Dirty Harry lever and am in NYC if you're interested. PM me.
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