[CR]Re: two-hole brake levers

Example: Framebuilders:Brian Baylis
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2003 13:11:47 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Neill Currie" <neill1234@yahoo.com>
To: sachs@erols.com
cc: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]Re: two-hole brake levers

Harvey wrote: ""robbie fellows wrote <snip>

need help picked up some mafac brake levers they are stamped mafac france but have two holes for brake cables on top of brake bodies. ????

These were used to operate both rim brakes on tandems which also had a hub brake. Personally, I

detest them, but this may cause some dissent. It

was very difficult to set the things up properly,

so the front engaged first and kept doing so as it wore. In panic situations, it was too easy to

grab both brake levers and pull hard -- I did this once in a turn, and we almost graced the side of a large Ford (rear wheel locked up and slid out). My preference has long been to mount the two rim brakes as on a single, then operate the hub brake from a low-mounted tourist lever on the right. That way, I can't pull both rear brakes on at the same time. For some time, it was popular to put the third brake's lever on the stoker bars; we did that, too, for a while in the 70s. Found that when we needed it we were going too fast to communicate because of the noise. Your mileage may vary"" -------------- How's about splicing in a Jagwire In-line cable adjuster into the front cable.......or maybe into both. Then you can adjust the ratio of both brake activations to your hearts content, and on the fly too !!

===== Neill Currie, Portland, Me 04102, USA. The Mountain Goat website is at: http://www.geocities.com/neill1234/index.html?1011568933040