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
Subject: Re: [CR]Guidonnet Brake Lever help needed
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From: John Thompson <>

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
> 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.


-John Thompson (
Appleton WI USA