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Suicide levers...I need to remove....how???

Old 07-01-14, 02:21 AM
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Suicide levers...I need to remove....how???

Checking around the mounting I cannot find any obvious screw-nut that I can undo to remove, how do you get rid of these pesky things and what sort of tools do I require?
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This is where a pic of your exact setup would be really helpful. Most will have a screw that allows them to be pulled off. But sometimes they're riveted.
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Worst case, some quick work with a fine-toothed hacksaw and file should remove the offending appendages. Be aware that some of the suicide levers share a bushing with the main brake lever; you don't want to cut too deep.
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Honestly, the thought of modifying them never crossed my mind on my 77 motobecane, I just replaced the levers all together with something more comfy.
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Originally Posted by dabac
This is where a pic of your exact setup would be really helpful. Most will have a screw that allows them to be pulled off. But sometimes they're riveted.
I will post a pic tonight after work, I am pretty sure it's riveted though.
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Originally Posted by headloss
Honestly, the thought of modifying them never crossed my mind on my 77 motobecane, I just replaced the levers all together with something more comfy.
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Aero brake levers reduce the occurrence of pesky kinks to the casing almost completely. Well worth it.
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Originally Posted by dabac
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Aero brake levers reduce the occurrence of pesky kinks to the casing almost completely. Well worth it.
Thanks, I'll check these out, is this an expensive upgrade?
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Thanks, I'll check these out, is this an expensive upgrade?
It's probably possible to make it into an expensive upgrade.
But I think I got mine for about USD 20-25. And of course there's bar tape on top of that. Still, not the kind of money you need to sell a kidney to get your hands on...
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Thanks, I have to adopt a certain amount of frugality as recently each week for the last month has seen me bring home something new and bike related, and Mrs SH27 is learning some new words every time.
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Any older bike shop should have a drawer full of reasonably new condition aero brake levers left over from riders who upgraded to brifters. A visit to a couple of shops should turn up a decent pair of Shimano, Dia Compe or other makes at give-away prices. Unwrap it carefully and you may be able to reuse your bar tape. One recommended expense is new cables and housing.
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On the hunt already, thanks for the tip.
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