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Old 05-30-22, 10:12 AM
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ID these vintage brake levers?

Anyone recognize these brake levers? Funky "quick release" is built-in. Thanks in advance for any insights.

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Look like Balilla to me. Tipo Corsa 61
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Balilla brand

model Corsa 61

manufactured by Giovanni Galli S.p.A., Torino, Italia

the button for the quick release mechanism changed from metal to red plastic about 1968

count yourself fortunate that both QR springs are in good nick

many of the used ones one finds are broken

example of the later version -



complete brakeset boxed with late type levers -



advert of 1959 -



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satbuilder and juvela , thanks so much for your replies. These levers, and some other nice C&V bits, came to me in exchange for some wrenching a few days ago. Now begins the dilemma of what to do with them. Obscure parts like these can be the beginnings of a complete new build.....

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Obscure parts like these can be the beginnings of a complete new build.....
Yes.

These are the parts you'll need ...



... to build this:

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some additional views of the subject lever model:




at this era the firm's only products were caliper brakes and toeclips/straps

when one gets back into the 1940's a single venture was made into the realm of rear mechs:



going forward, about 1978 two complete road ensembles were launched under the Galli name


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