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I can't fit these old Dia Compe brake levers onto this new Nitto Moustache bar

Old 12-08-11, 02:51 PM
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I can't fit these old Dia Compe brake levers onto this new Nitto Moustache bar

Hey folks- I'm new here, thanks for reading.

I recently bought a cheap, heavy, lugged steel bike off Craigslist - a Univega Safari Ten in more-or-less fine mechanical order. The bike came without handlebars (so, OK, except for the lack of handlebars, it's in fine mechanical order

I'm putting some brand new 25.4 mm Nitto Moustache bars on it. They fit into the stem fine. But I'm having a really hard time getting the old, battered and tattered brake lever clamps to fit onto the bars at all.

- Nitto Moustache bars have a brake lever clamp diameter 23.8
- These non-aero Dia Compe brakes (I don't know the part numbers), say "22.2 & 23.8" on the clamps
- But the clamps don't fit around the 23.8 handlebars at all...
- I unscrewed the clamps from the brake levers; I even removed the clamps from the levers. And the clamps alone are still too tight to fit around the handlebars.

How can I get these brakes onto these handlebars? Do these worn and squeezed and squashed clamps need to be replaced? Should I replace the whole brakes, or try to Macguyver a new clamp? Or do I just need to stretch the clamps out a little more?

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Apparently the 23.8 is a misnomer on those levers so i wouldn't want to damage the handlebars forcing them on. You can get Cane Creek SCR-5c aero road brake levers that work with any caliper or cantilever brake for about $28/ pair or Tektro RL520 levers which work with V-brakes and mechanical discs for about $25/pair. It's worth the small cost to have the right ones.

Here are a couple of references:

https://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...ro+Levers.aspx
https://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...ke+Levers.aspx
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Originally Posted by sfnewguy View Post
- These non-aero Dia Compe brakes (I don't know the part numbers), say "22.2 & 23.8" on the clamps
- But the clamps don't fit around the 23.8 handlebars at all...
I'm guessing those levers were meant for a steel drop bar, many of which had a smaller diameter than "standard" aluminum drop bars. I once fit a 22.2mm grip-shifter onto the end of one such bar.

Anyway, as you saw the clamp is easily replaceable. If you want to do this cheap I'd suggest finding new clamps. It would probably be easiest to just get a different set of non-aero levers and steal the clamps. Old used non-aero levers should go very cheap, probably a couple bucks if you can find them on craigslist.
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Thanks both of you for the advice. I'll hit craigslist and my LBS's this weekend to pick up some cheap replacement brake levers. Cheers!
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