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What is the name of this part? Team Raleigh competition

Old 08-08-18, 05:11 AM
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What is the name of this part? Team Raleigh competition

Hello!

I have an Team Raleigh competition bike from 82. My left brake lever fell off the other day when I was bicycling and I noticed I need to replace the part that the bolt screws into the handle with (some type of expansion metal thing). I need help to locate this part, or even just the name of it, as my googlings cannot find the part needed. The brake lever is not attached by a binder but with a bolt into a hole in the handlebar where this extension thing resides.

Thanks in advance for any help I can attach pictures if needed of the part.

/Karolina
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Weinmann sidepull brakes? Your lever has the cable coming out of the top of it? The lever body is held onto the bars by a bolt whose head is inside as viewed from the front, with the lever squeezed open and the cable head removed, you can see it. The bolt threads into a square nut that has small tabs on its two of the four sides. These tabs lock into slots within a steel band that wraps from behind the handlebar forward toward the lever.

Are you referring to the slotted steel band and the square nut? These can be easily found in any bike coop or small parts bin in a bike shop that services a lot of vintage bikes. These types of brake levers are often later replaced with "aero" levers that conceal the brake cable beneath the handlebar tape. The removed older levers are tossed into a parts bin for future use in making a repair such as yours. You could also simply buy an old DiaCompe or Weinmann lever from eBay. That'll have the part(s) you need.
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Old 08-08-18, 05:27 AM
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Thanks for the swift reply, no its not attached like that, the cable comes of the top yes, but the screw (when pressing lever its possible to see it) screws into a hole in the handlebar, where there is a metal anchor (kind of similar principle as with putting up a painting on a drywall) that expands into the handlebar.
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This thing? " brake lever clamp"
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Sometimes, the "nut" comes loose. Maybe it is still rattling around in there?
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no doesnt look like that, I will paint a picture in paint to demonstrate
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Old 08-08-18, 05:40 AM
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Here is a quick description
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I seem not to be able to attach picture, but its like a plug that goes into a hole in the handlebar which then expands inside to secure the lever, the brake is Weinmann, if it helps
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Non aero brake levers. In my experience the levers I've owned. It's been, a flat blade screwdriver or an Allen 4MM (?) to attach the brake lever. Having a, 4-MM 5-MM 6-MM "Y" wrench would make this job easier. Place a straight edge. along the bottom of the drop bars to get the levers level. cheers
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This picture shows the plug that goes into the hole and expands when screwing in the bolt.

Here is a paint picture of the brake lever assembly the thing i need the name of is the little plug that goes into the hole of the handlebar where the bolt then screws in to expand the plug.
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I have not seen that before. Most brake levers mount with a band around the handlebar as was shown before. It is very unusual to drill a hole in the handlebar-- it weakens the handlebar (not a good idea), and fixes the brake lever at a certain location that may or may not be ideal.

The photograph of your brake lever shows a notch at the handlebar end. That's for the band around the handlebar. Here is a photograph of a similar lever, complete with the band:



VeloBase.com - Component: Weinmann AG (drilled levers)

I suspect drilling the handlebar was a retrofit done by someone who didn't know what he was doing. But maybe someone who knows more will correct me on this.
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Yes I do agree that it's quite unusual. It looks stock though. The stock tape and everything was on the bike before I changed to leather "tape". It had been untouched since the 80s basically
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Appears to be some sort of early "rivnut". If not a DIY modification, someone on here will have seen it before.
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Interesting, and yes searching rivnut does yield some results that look similar! thanks Now I just need to know the size
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Interesting, and yes searching rivnut does yield some results that look similar! thanks Now I just need to know the size
Just take the other side off to get an exact match. And never underestimate the ability of some DIY folks to go hog wild drilling and bolting stuff probably just because his brakes were slipping a little
And welcome to bikeforums, by the way, you will be able to post pics of your Raleigh very shortly.
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I'm wondering now if this turns out to be stock, as part of some special OEM handlebar that I've never seen. Early DiaCompe aero levers were commonly installed with the cable running through drilled holes in the bar, which gave a smoother appearance and which also allowed the cable to run a straighter path under the lever body (this when the ferrule was still the bullet-shaped swiveling type, which allowed the wire to cut away at the hole in the ferrule due to the sharp angle of the housing exiting the lever body around the handlebar).

A photo of the other side of the bar would be worth a hundred words.

Bars and levers can be had cheap at many bike co-op type places, assuming one is local to the OP.
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If an previous owner drilled a hole through the bars and nutted it somehow from the inside, I'd trash those bars, get a proper set, and use proper brake levers that clamp around them.

Can you take a picture of the handlebars and where you think they bolted up? I'm from Missouri on this - or, as we say here, pics or it didn't happen!
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I believe Motobecanes had those with their integrated rubber wrapped handlebars.
It's a threaded "nutsert" that is permanently installed on the holes drilled into the handlebar where the levers would mount on to....
Works like a rubber "wellnut", but is made of steel or maybe in some cases, aluminum...
Pretty much the same used on aluminum frameset waterbottle bosses.....
You might be able to find a replacement from sellers of fastener hardware, but you will have to find out exactly what size and threading it needs to be......

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