Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Classic & Vintage
Reload this Page >

Moto brake lever question

Notices
Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

Moto brake lever question

Old 11-11-20, 12:28 PM
  #1  
SpudBoi
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2020
Posts: 15

Bikes: 1979 Motobecane Grand Jubile; 1978 Moto Mirage; 1990 Trek 950; 2020 Scott Spark 910

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Liked 5 Times in 3 Posts
Moto brake lever question

Hi folks, first time poster, long time lurker. I've searched here and throughout the internet for an answer to this question with no luck. Apologies if the solution is obvious, i'm new to vintage bike work.

I've got a 1978 Motobecane Grand Jubile that i'm planning to use as my gravel and road bike. It's in great shape and has 100% original parts (excluding consumables like tires) but it appears that the previous owner crashed and broke off a brake lever. In looking it over, this lever is embedded with a pin directly into the handlebar and does not have the metal band that most levers i've seen use to attach to drop bars. I'd like to keep as much of the original parts as I can, but I'm not able to get the pin back into the bars and can't see a way to attach it. I can't even find examples of this type of brake when I search for them. They aren't uncommon ( PIVO bars with Weinmann 610 center pull brakes). But every example i can find includes the metal band holding on the levers. Do I need to just give up and replace with new levers? Thanks
SpudBoi is offline  
Old 11-11-20, 01:03 PM
  #2  
unworthy1
Stop reading my posts!
 
unworthy1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 11,883
Mentioned: 73 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 978 Post(s)
Liked 492 Times in 402 Posts
You may have one of the Motobecane "unitized" handlebars that often included molded-on faux-leather "bar tape with lever hoods" that mimicked the fancy stitched on real leather stuff. So my advice is to junk the current set or at the least clip off the swaged-on studs and file smooth then get some conventional Weinmann clamps assuming that's all you'd need to attach your "good" lever and source one replacement lever to make a matched pair. Then you'll want hoods and bar tape of your choice but upside is you can now place them where YOU prefer, not where the factory put the studs. Since all this is based on assumption and guessing I could be wrong about what you're dealing with and worst case is you'll need new bars too so if you do make sure they fit the clamp diameter of your stem (possible FR 25.0. but some Pivo are 25.4 or even 25.8)

Last edited by unworthy1; 11-11-20 at 01:08 PM.
unworthy1 is offline  
Old 11-11-20, 01:36 PM
  #3  
SpudBoi
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2020
Posts: 15

Bikes: 1979 Motobecane Grand Jubile; 1978 Moto Mirage; 1990 Trek 950; 2020 Scott Spark 910

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Liked 5 Times in 3 Posts
thanks unworthy! Yes, you're correct, it had the molded on rubber stuff. I cut that off. Sounds like the preferred option would be to get traditional clamps. Good know and thanks. I think i'll just try to find some similar at the coop.
SpudBoi is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.