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Old 04-19-15, 09:41 PM   #1
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Brake cable release thingy

I upgraded my spouse's bike from drop to flat bars. It's an old roadie with "Exage" brakes and levers. The brake release buttons were built into the levers, which I had to replace with MTB style levers. So, there is no release mechanism any more, making it a hassle to remove the front wheel for e.g., putting the bike in the car.

Is there an after market release lever thingy that I can add to the existing brakes?
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Yup, they're called inline quick release. They back off the cable tension. A couple different brands make them. You can also try eBay. I'm sure there are no-name Asialand versions for cheap if you want to give them a go.

Shimano CB90 Cable Adjuster for Direct Mount Brake
NOTE: I'm not endorsing this site, just providing a link to show you what they look like.
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You went from drop bars> to> flat bars ?, typically flat bar Brake levers have a song threaded cable adjuster as part of the Lever .

You can use screwing that out, to the riding It, brake adjustment making it tighter (pad to Rim), and screwing it IN to male it looser to remove the wheel.
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You went from drop bars> to> flat bars ?, typically flat bar Brake levers have a song threaded cable adjuster as part of the Lever .

You can use screwing that out, to the riding It, brake adjustment making it tighter (pad to Rim), and screwing it IN to male it looser to remove the wheel.
You couldn't really use the barrel adjuster to remove the wheels.
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Maybe You could not ..

I could , particularly if it's just a skinny road bike wheel.. You can also just remove one brake shoe/pad.

and put it back in once the wheel is in place again..
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I upgraded my spouse's bike from drop to flat bars. It's an old roadie with "Exage" brakes and levers. The brake release buttons were built into the levers, which I had to replace with MTB style levers. So, there is no release mechanism any more, making it a hassle to remove the front wheel for e.g., putting the bike in the car.

Is there an after market release lever thingy that I can add to the existing brakes?
Are your MTB-style levers compatible with Exage brake calipers? Standard MTB levers are long-pull. Road components are short pull.
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Are your MTB-style levers compatible with Exage brake calipers? Standard MTB levers are long-pull. Road components are short pull.
Yes. Good question. I'm not sure if they were labeled as MTB style, but they are for straight bar rather than drop bar. I don't know the terminology but I checked the length between the fulcrum and the point where the cable attaches, and it's similar to the original levers.
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Cantilever MTB levers would be ideal .. V Brake the long cable pull, would mean a lot of rim to Pad spacing can be left as the lever has a lot of pull ,

then the wheel would be even easier to remove. so that may prove Useful too..
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Cantilever MTB levers would be ideal .. V Brake the long cable pull, would mean a lot of rim to Pad spacing can be left as the lever has a lot of pull ,

then the wheel would be even easier to remove. so that may prove Useful too..
Agreed. I'd have steered him that way, frame permitting.
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Yes. Good question. I'm not sure if they were labeled as MTB style, but they are for straight bar rather than drop bar. I don't know the terminology but I checked the length between the fulcrum and the point where the cable attaches, and it's similar to the original levers.
Put it this way. You need flat bar levers that are designed for road calipers. Like the brake lever on the page I link here. Note the compatibility info. Universal Cycles -- Shimano BL-4600 Tiagra Brake Levers
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Put it this way. You need flat bar levers that are designed for road calipers. Like the brake lever on the page I link here. Note the compatibility info. Universal Cycles -- Shimano BL-4600 Tiagra Brake Levers
Ah, I checked the part number that we got. They are BL-R550 from Shimano, which are listed as being for road brakes.

I only remember being very careful about this, because I was still stinging from getting the same thing wrong on another bike.
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Ah, I checked the part number that we got. They are BL-R550 from Shimano, which are listed as being for road brakes.

I only remember being very careful about this, because I was still stinging from getting the same thing wrong on another bike.
RRRRRRRRRR like a pirate. A road pirate at least. Good to hear on the levers front. Now to solve the brake problem you could use the adjustment screws but they weren't designed to get a lot of use and I doubt they'll hold up well. Just my gut instinct for the usual experience I have when trying to "re=purpose" some part. I think cable de-couplers would be better. They are designed to be used the way you intend. They're called Easy-Split In-line Cable Separators.

Cable splitters for S&S Coupled travel bikes
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RRRRRRRRRR like a pirate. A road pirate at least. Good to hear on the levers front. Now to solve the brake problem you could use the adjustment screws but they weren't designed to get a lot of use and I doubt they'll hold up well. Just my gut instinct for the usual experience I have when trying to "re=purpose" some part. I think cable de-couplers would be better. They are designed to be used the way you intend. They're called Easy-Split In-line Cable Separators.

Cable splitters for S&S Coupled travel bikes
Yep, those things work. I had them on an S&S coupled Co-Motion and they made packing the bike much easier. However, be CERTAIN to use the brake couplers on brake cables, don't substitute the shift couplers. The brake couplers have double set screws to assure they lock the cable in firmly. The last thing you want is for the brake cable to separate in a hard stop.
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Now that looks like a nifty idea!
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You went from drop bars> to> flat bars ?, typically flat bar Brake levers have a song threaded cable adjuster as part of the Lever .

You can use screwing that out, to the riding It, brake adjustment making it tighter (pad to Rim), and screwing it IN to male it looser to remove the wheel.
This will work. I once had Campy brakes with Shimano levers. I had no quick release since the Campy release is on the levers and Shimano is on the brakes. Loosening the brake adjustment worked, but it became tiresome long before I switched to SRAM RED brakes and levers.
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