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What's with this Dia-Compe brake lever?

Old 10-10-11, 09:07 PM
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What's with this Dia-Compe brake lever?

Newbie here, what is the red screw for on these brake levers? Will this lever fit the Dia-compe hoods that Velo Orange or others sell?



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"suicide levers" attach there. I started a thread on the topic a couple days ago. They are the goofy extra levers that allow you to also brake from the tops of the bars hand position.
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I recently bought hoods for the exact same situation and I cut a little hole out for those... anticipating that I might later install the "suicide levers".
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At one point I was going to hacksaw and file the protruding end off. I think you can do that safely..... but I'm not sure.
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Originally Posted by dgodave
At one point I was going to hacksaw and file the protruding end off. I think you can do that safely..... but I'm not sure.
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You can do that, but the classier solution, if you can find one, is to replace the pivot w/ a flat-sided one. If you do saw off the protrusion, you may want to cover it up w/ a brake hood for aesthetic reasons.
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you can put hoods over them without making a hole in the rubber. some of the hoods are scored to help with the hole if you want to go that route. or you can hacksaw/dremel...

imo, if you are going to spend 10-15 on hoods, you might as well spend another 5 and get some new tektro aero levers.
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That's true. I have the aero Tektro's on another bike and they are really nice. For aesthetic reasons I wanted the gum hoods to fit the bike.
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Hey, is that your Trek 620? I just got one myself, an '83 also. Great bike. I ride it everywhere.
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I have hacksawed those buttons off (and filed them smooth) on two sets of those Dia-Compe levers. The replacement hoods fit fine once you've done that.

Tektro aero levers are awesome, but you don't always *want* aero levers. If you want practical non-aero levers, I highly recommend getting hoods for those Dia-Compe levers.
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Originally Posted by dgodave
Hey, is that your Trek 620? I just got one myself, an '83 also. Great bike. I ride it everywhere.
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Yup. I like it so far; previous owner had changed to stem shifters which I will replace with bar ends. The paint is in good shape with just a few nicks and scratches. Already threw on the fenders and rode it to work today. Just need to find a vintage Blackburn rack...

Already hacksawed and filed them off.
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