Re: [CR]Hinged or easy off brake levers, Brits... help please.

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From: "ray green" <greenjersey@ntlworld.com>
To: Harry Schwartzman <harryschwartzman@yahoo.com>, Classic Rendezvous <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Subject: Re: [CR]Hinged or easy off brake levers, Brits... help please.
Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2007 21:04:17 +0100


I used to cycle sixteen miles to Bootle(Liverpool) track and I used a brake lever off a straight handlebar "sports" bike.I tried it in the normal place and also on the tops of the bars but I cant recall which I preferred. The only problem I ever had is that one time I lost the nut off the retaining bolt in the grass in the track centre. ray Green Brighton Sussex
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> From: Harry Schwartzman <harryschwartzman@yahoo.com>
> Date: 2007/06/18 Mon PM 07:35:53 BST
> To: Classic Rendezvous <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
> Subject: [CR]Hinged or easy off brake levers, Brits... help please.
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> I have read accounts of British racers who would ride their track bikes to the track with a front brake. They would then remove the brake to race. The brake just screws off from the rear nut but the levers? Presumably, their bars were taped.
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> I'm currently trying to put a front brake on my 50's Frejus track and would like to put an older brake lever on the Ambrosio bars and am searching for a period correct or slightly later hinged brake lever or some other sort of easy-off lever. Does anyone have any ideas (perhaps a known easy to remove clamp?). I tried a hinged BMX lever and the diameter is all wrong. I could file it more open but my time is limited. I tried an old Royal Grand Compe lever (pretty!) but I couldn't get the clamp around the bar without unwrapping the tape. I would rather not use today's in-line 'suicide' levers (although they would work and I'll do it if I have to) and would prefer a non-aero brake lever. I'd like to get to Kissena velodrome in one piece... if not me, then at least the bike.
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> What did the Brits do?
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> Harry Schwartzman
> Astoria, NYC, USA
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