Re: [CR]Part ID please..Simplex levers

(Example: Racing)

Date: Thu, 30 Dec 2004 18:55:11 -0800
From: "Chuck Schmidt" <>
Subject: Re: [CR]Part ID please..Simplex levers
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Lynn Travers wrote:
> I believe these are Simplex retro-friction levers. Yea or nay?
> Simplex levers
> While obviously broken, I believe they can be repaired. The *backing
> plate* for the detached lever is missing. Anyone have some spare
> parts? :-)

Yes, Simplex Retro-Friction (same as Mavic). I've used these on quite a few of my bikes since they became available in the mid-1970s. Your's are the second generation version from the early 1980s.

Even when these were new and current it was very hard to get spare parts. The clutch, which looks like a spring but is actually a clutch, broke on two of my bikes (it breaks at the sharp bend in the wire).

You'll have better luck if you keep looking for a complete set and use these for their parts.

Chuck Schmidt South Pasadena, Southern California