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I've been wanting to do this. Finally did it. It's cool.

Old 07-16-08, 07:25 PM
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I've been wanting to do this. Finally did it. It's cool.

Removed the rear brake. Kept the aero lever, though. Connected the lever to a bell. Now, instead of a rear brake, I have a brake lever actuated bell.

Two zip ties. One electrical connector thingy. One bell.

Mounted the bell on my threaded to threadless adapter.
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Old 07-16-08, 07:47 PM
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lol.. sounds awesome.. literally.
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Old 07-16-08, 07:50 PM
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Get the **** out of here.
Don't worry about this guy, just report the post to a moderator. Don't feed into his post, let someone that can ban his IP address do it.

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Old 07-16-08, 07:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Jacobi View Post
Don't worry about this guy, just report the post to a moderator. Don't feed into his post, let someone that can ban his IP address do it.

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Good call. Next time.
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Old 07-16-08, 07:51 PM
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Originally Posted by MrCjolsen View Post
Removed the rear brake. Kept the aero lever, though. Connected the lever to a bell. Now, instead of a rear brake, I have a brake lever actuated bell.

Two zip ties. One electrical connector thingy. One bell.

Mounted the bell on my threaded to threadless adapter.


Pics pls
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Old 07-16-08, 07:52 PM
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And yes, the brake lever-actuated bell is an awesome idea.
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Old 07-16-08, 07:53 PM
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pics!
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Old 07-16-08, 08:05 PM
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That is amazing.
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Old 07-16-08, 08:07 PM
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Yeah, pics please, I've always thought this would be awesome. The cable returns well enough?
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Sorry for the cheap image quality and the messy garage. BTW, I hope you understand that as soon as I put on the basket, I just had to install a bell.

Basically, if you have normal aero levers, you cut the housing to about 1" past bar on the stem. Mount the bell on stem. I'm not sure where you would put it if you have a threadless fork.

You need one of these which you will crimp to the end of the brake cable. Then use zip ties to go around the lever of the bell.

I use a better quality bell and Tektro Road levers. The tektro levers have good return springs.

And finally, when your bell is actuated by your brake lever, you tend to ring it a lot more.
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Old 07-16-08, 11:51 PM
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Dude that is sweet! Good way to put that dummy lever to work.
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Old 07-17-08, 12:01 AM
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that's awesome!

really i don't know why more people hadn't thought of doing this.
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Old 07-17-08, 12:24 AM
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I did think of this a while back... I love it.

I need to do the same thing to my fixed folder as it also has a dummy lever.



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Old 07-17-08, 12:32 AM
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I want a brake lever actuated water gun.
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Old 07-17-08, 07:39 AM
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Now we're talking. That'd be useful around campus.

Now old school would be a brake lever activated - newspaper launcher.
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Old 07-17-08, 08:48 AM
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It would be cool if you could do both like a back up alarm on a truck.
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There is a huge very melodic bell I'm gonna use for this. Thanks for the pics.

Hey Sixty Fiver, where'd you get that front cable hanger?
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Old 07-17-08, 09:05 AM
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rad idea, well done.
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And now when I panic and grab both brakes, my bell will go ding!
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I wonder how hard it would be to take that idea a step further and rig up a brake light using one of those little LED taillights...

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It'd be funnier and gnarlier if you put the bell in the place where the back brake goes. Like that weird thing that connects your stays.
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It'd be funnier and gnarlier if you put the bell in the place where the back brake goes. Like that weird thing that connects your stays.
Now that would be cool.
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Brilliant! But knowing me, I'd go for an emergency stop and reach for the lever thinking it's a brake and instead ring a bell before I smash into the fender of a 1982 Cadillac Supreme.
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Brilliant! But knowing me, I'd go for an emergency stop and reach for the lever thinking it's a brake and instead ring a bell before I smash into the fender of a 1982 Cadillac Supreme.
It'd be funny if some one who rode brakeless did this and if his bike ever got stolen the thief would grab the lever and hear the sound of a bell taunting him as he crashes.
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Nice idea. I don't see it working too well with the type of bell I have. Mine has the blunt plastic peince on the end of a spring mounted external to the bell.

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Brilliant! But knowing me, I'd go for an emergency stop and reach for the lever thinking it's a brake and instead ring a bell before I smash into the fender of a 1982 Cadillac Supreme.
First one to do this must submit pix... extra points if it is a 82 Caddy Supreme.
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