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