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Old 10-18-13, 07:50 PM
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Question about brake levers

Hello again.

On real simple "old school style" brake levers, does it matter if the entrance/insertion point for the cable attachment faces upwards or downwards?

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What's a "old school style" lever? Are you thinking about mounting the levers up side down? Or rotating the bars up side down? Or are you talking about the casing end/ferrule? Are the levers for drop bars or flat ones?

One photo would give us a lot of specifics. Andy.
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If you have better terms, I'd love to know it. Not great with words.

Basically, the slot part where the cable goes into the lever - can the slot bit be facing up or does it have to be downwards? On the original it was downwards. Not a vital Q, but curious none the less.

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I see what you're talking about. I wouldn't think it would matter.
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The slot facing downwards is the industry standard. I would think that the slot down orientation would help keep out rain and dirt out.
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Since the body of the lever is pretty much above the cable the slot tends to be down and away from the bulk of the lever. If it were up then the cable would have to somehow pass through the bulk while you were attaching/threading the cable. I think it's the easiest ans most simple solution for these types of levers. There are flat bar levers with different cable end capture designs. Many Shimano levers have a hinged clip which the cable is fed into. This clip's slot can be down or to the side.

I wonder, still, if you have a greater reason to ask this. Are you thinking of some other arrangement then the typical for these levers? Andy.
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Nah nothing crazy. Just attempting to restore an old 70s three speed. It has nort road like bars, but the original levers were loose and the original cables rusted out so I figured I would just ditch the whole thing and learn to install from scratch. First set of new brakes has slip on style levers, but then I found the frips appear to be epoxied on, so I got a clamp style ones closer to the original. One bolt instead of two, though. And the new ones have stamped steel arms instead of what seems like cast alu, but I don't think it matters.

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Let's say the cable pulls at 3 O'clock in use. Then it wouldn't matter if the slot to insert it is at twelve or six, since either are 90° away and there's zero chance of the cable coming out on it's own, and that's all that matters.
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