Re: [CR]Guidonnet Brake Lever help needed


Example: Framebuilding:Tony Beek

Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2008 08:33:22 -0600
Organization: The Crimson Permanent Assurance
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: Re: [CR]Guidonnet Brake Lever help needed
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From: John Thompson <johndthompson@gmail.com>


Amir Avitzur wrote:
> My wife likes to ride with her hands on the top of the bars.
> I thought about replacing her drop bars with either city bars or mountain
> bike bars,
> but am resisting the temptation until after trying some Guidonnet levers.
>
> Can anyone tell me if Guidonnet levers have the same stopping power as
> standard drop bar levers?
>
> I'd also like to know how many variations of Guidonnet levers there were,
> and what are the advantages of one over the other.
>
>
> There are a few variations at
> http://homepage3.nifty.com/ClassicBicycles/brands/mafac.html but I'm sure
> there are more.

My experience with guidonnets is that they work as well as standard levers, and much better than the "auxiliary" levers commonly installed on low-end bikes with standard levers.

Regarding types, my only recommendation is to avoid the plastic ones, as I have yet to see a pair where the plastic hasn't cracked shortly after installation. They have a metal core, but it is usually just bent sheet metal. MAFAC and CLB both made nice fully metal ones.

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-John Thompson (john@os2.dhs.org)
Appleton WI USA