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handlebar vs. brake lever

Old 06-20-08, 05:46 PM
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handlebar vs. brake lever

I'm touching up my 73 Nishiki fixed gear conversion and am in the market for a front brake level. I tried a Tektro, but my bars were way too wide for it, thus it snapped, making me pissed.

Anywho, what short-pull brake lever will fit on KB Champion (JAPAN) handlebars from 1973? Please, get at me.
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Old 06-20-08, 06:04 PM
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CX style levers come in a variety of clamp diameters. figure out exactly what you need-- is it some weird old in-between diameter? I know I've seen many 70s steel drops in what appears to be about 1" width, maybe a bit smaller.

but at some point it might make sense to swap the bars out for some with more common dimensions.
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Old 06-21-08, 08:06 AM
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This is not just to the OP...If you plan on working on bikes,buy a cheap vernier caliper.
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My tektro clamp was too small too so i improvised and bored it out. Get a drill or dremel or something and get to work
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Originally Posted by IonSpeedMaster View Post
My tektro clamp was too small too so i improvised and bored it out. Get a drill or dremel or something and get to work
What a huge waste of time and effort for a crappy result. It's a $20 part for ****s sake.
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What a huge waste of time and effort for a crappy result. It's a $20 part for ****s sake.
Never used a grinder? That thing's wicked fun.
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