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Old 06-28-13, 06:59 AM
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Old Weinmann brake lever question

I've got these old original weinmann brake levers with suicide bars on them on my old peugeot. I'd like to remove the suicide levers as they don't work that well to begin with and I don't use them, but more importantly when riding with hands on the hoods they get in the way of a proper grip and interfere with applying adequate pressure when braking.

I've attached a few pictures of the brakes, I can't figure out a way to remove them as there is no screw holding them on, it looks like they are riveted.
Would I be better off replacing them? or can the suicide levers be removed.

If I would be better off replacing them, I'd like to keep the cost low, any recomendations as to what levers might work?

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Isn't that a screw in the #1 pic. Sure looks like a screwdriver slot from here...

The ones I've dealt with have worked like that. Undo screw, suicide lever pulls out sideways. Sometimes it's easier to add a few washers and reinstall the screw to finish it off nicely. Sometimes there's a stub that can be filed or hacksawed off and trimmed.

Or go for a set of aero brake levers. Gives you a much better cable routing simultaneously, no more of those big upward loops that are always getting kinked.
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You'll notice a slotted screw in your first photo. Remove that and the suicide lever will come off but it'll leave a nub on the side of your brake lever. Cut the nub off flush with a hacksaw.
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Actually that is not a slotted screw in the photo, I should have commented on that. I think a previous owner of this bike had the same idea to remove the levers, it looks like they took a dremel to it to make a slot to try to uncrew it, I tried uncrewing it as I thought it was a slot until I saw the other side did not have this slot.
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Remove the central clamp screw. That allows the pivot pin slide out and you can slide the lever off the other end. Then shorten the pin with a saw and clean iu the cut with a file.
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