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What is this? 1980s small plastic clip thingie...

Old 08-12-21, 02:06 PM
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What is this? 1980s small plastic clip thingie...

Second time I've met one of these we plastic clippy things, and even more curious to know what it is/was for...



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Old 08-12-21, 02:11 PM
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it is intended to allow the use of the bike's brake as a parking brake. Pull on the brake lever, insert the device in the gap between the top of the lever and the lever body, and it keep the brake applied.
Probably made by Rhode Gear?

edit: nope, it was made by Blackburn....



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Old 08-12-21, 02:25 PM
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I had long forgotten about that. Not a bad idea when you don't have a kickstand (or Flickstand).
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thanks - so neat! I had learned to use a velcro strap for that, but can see this might be easier to keep handy.

Originally Posted by steelbikeguy View Post
it is intended to allow the use of the bike's brake as a parking brake. Pull on the brake lever, insert the device in the gap between the top of the lever and the lever body, and it keep the brake applied.
Probably made by Rhode Gear?

edit: nope, it was made by Blackburn....


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Looks like an interesting project for someone with a 3D printer to replicate.
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Originally Posted by tiger1964 View Post
Looks like an interesting project for someone with a 3D printer to replicate.
You could make 'em out of wood pretty easily, too.

One of the questionable things I did when I got my first road bike was to use the front QR as a parking brake. It was adjusted so that having the QR fully closed locked the wheel, and I'd just open the QR a bit to go riding again. Ultimately I quit doing that because it made it harder to take the wheel off.
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Originally Posted by steelbikeguy View Post
it is intended to allow the use of the bike's brake as a parking brake. Pull on the brake lever, insert the device in the gap between the top of the lever and the lever body, and it keep the brake applied.
Probably made by Rhode Gear?

edit: nope, it was made by Blackburn....



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thanks very much for this explanation, never saw these when current

do you know what years they were offered?

surprised, as i live right in Jim Blackburn's "back yard"



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You could make 'em out of wood pretty easily, too.

Or, you can use a standard clothes peg. Works the same way

I usually have a standard clothes peg/pin attached over the front brake cable housing. Pull the front brake lever and a peg will fit in and prevent the brake from releasing which will prevent front wheel from turning. Weird, I just googled using clothes peg to lock bike brake and didn't find an image. All kinds of people use them.
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Originally Posted by juvela View Post
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do you know what years they were offered?

surprised, as i live right in Jim Blackburn's "back yard"

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all I know is that this page is from the March 1982 issue of Bicycling magazine.
Based on my tiny amount of experience, I don't think they were selling like hotcakes (or Rema patch kits, or whatever). The Flickstand was much more prevalent, I believe. Maybe it was easier to attach on the bike without dangling around and getting in the way??

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the handle part fits neatly onto brake cable as in my first photo, so they thought of how to stow it.

btw, happy to send this curio to anyone who wants it for whatever reason...


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all I know is that this page is from the March 1982 issue of Bicycling magazine.
Based on my tiny amount of experience, I don't think they were selling like hotcakes (or Rema patch kits, or whatever). The Flickstand was much more prevalent, I believe. Maybe it was easier to attach on the bike without dangling around and getting in the way??

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Old 08-12-21, 09:21 PM
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If you don't want it, I do! I had one on my Cannondale in the eighties and thought it worked great. Will happily trade for something you'd like.

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Old 08-13-21, 06:19 AM
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I have one but the part that clips on to the cable broke off. It still functions as a “parking brake” but it just flops around in the breeze with the string as the only thing attaching it to the bike. I do suppose that I could “fix” it but it’s prolly not worth the effort. If I were to find another (intact) one, I could see attaching it to my Miyata Two Ten. I have FlickStands on a couple of my bikes that, IMHO, do a better job. I was going to put one on the Miyata but the band covered up part of “Miyata” on the downtube and would ruin some of the (perceived) “snob appeal” I like to believe my ‘85 Two Ten has !
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