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Brake lever set up on fixedtrout_bum
Dec 1, 2002 11:56 AM
When mounting a front brake on a fixed do want to mount lever on left as usual or can I mount on right since I'm right handed? Does it matter? Also I want to "dummy up" the other lever, because I ride mostly on hoods-any good ways of doing this so lever doesn't flop around. I was thinking of using 2 part expoxy, but maybe there's a way using the end of an old cable or something? Thanks.
Sky's the limitLC
Dec 1, 2002 2:58 PM
I have seen all kind of crazy brake lever setups on fixed gears...I think it helps to show just how crazy you are! I have seen people use a small zip ties to keep the lever from closing/rattling. Just route it internally around the brake cable hole and the handlebar clamp or any handy hole that you can pull it tight from under the hood before you mount the lever.
Zip Tiestrout_bum
Dec 1, 2002 6:09 PM
Glad I asked! I just bought a bag of these to mount my Cateye computer, didn't think of that. Thanks.
re: Brake lever set up on fixeddesmo
Dec 1, 2002 6:09 PM
as far as where to mount, I'd use the same side as your geared bike (if you have a geared bike) so as not to confuse in a panic situation when riding the traditional front on left set-up. if this is your only bike than put it on the right as that is cool.

as for the dummy lever. all you need is the hood (housing), just round can the lever. check you LBS for already broken ones if you feel bad about tearing one apart.
re: Brake lever set up on fixedfixedgearhead
Dec 2, 2002 12:29 PM
Even though I am right handed I mounted all my front levers on the left handelbar side so that I get a smooth contour to the cable as it exits the lever and reaches the caliper. If you don't use aero cables then it probably dosn't matter other than tradition which usually decreed that the rear was on the righthand side. Just look at all the old pictures of the cycling greats and you will mostly see that is so. With a few exceptions.

Here's mineTig
Dec 2, 2002 3:49 PM
I got a pair of well worn Ultegra levers from my LBS for $3. The right lever here was ground down from a crash, but I just needed it for the hood. With some careful demolition of the lever using a tin shear, I removed it and the guts. I left the little square chunk of base aluminum intact since it feels better with it.

I didn't want the lever there under my fingers during an emergency stop, even if it was fixed in place. The left/front lever was installed normally. Since I switch back and forth from a fixed to a derailleur bike, I wanted the braking to be as predictable as possible.
Basically what I did toobigdave
Dec 2, 2002 6:44 PM
I used an old SunTour brake off a beater I had. The only difference was that these brakes had a hinge pin holding the lever in place that was fairly easy to press out (not much effort). This allowed me to remove the lever without compromizing anything or wrecking anything.

As you see from Tig's, any old lever will work. Initially, I didn't use a lever on that side, but now I really like having the same base as my working front brake... gives it a nice consistent feel on both sides of the bar. And it lets my hands do the same things as I am used to doing on my geared roadie.

What I did.look271
Dec 2, 2002 8:25 PM
I used a pair of old aero levers, mounting the front brake cable to the right lever. Then I driled a medium-sized hole in the left lever where it goes into the hood. Next I put a bolt through the hole and presto! The lever won't move. This way it looks "symetrical", which is what I like.
"crazy" set upkingbeann
Dec 4, 2002 7:29 AM
I don't know if this qualifies as "crazy", but it's certainly different. The original brake levers on this letour were the ugly variety that has both the aero lever, and the straight lever that can be used when your hands are on top of the bars. Seeing as I had no extra road levers, I mounted this mountain bike lever to the front brake. Personally I think it looks cleaner with the smooth curves of the bars uncluttered by aero brakes... Although I have gotten some strange looks :)
"crazy" set upfixedgearhead
Dec 5, 2002 12:22 PM
I have seen this kind of setup on Cyclocross bikes around here.They also have standard road drops in place and use a special cable that routs thru the lever like yours thereby making both levers active on each cable. How were you able to get the lever onto your bars? Were they 25.4 dia. as are dirt bars? A lot of the newer bars are 26.0 which makes the use of dirt levers a problem without Dremeling out the opening.

"crazy" set upkingbeann
Dec 6, 2002 2:14 PM
You are right - the drop bars are a bigger diameter than mountain bars. Some patient work with a drill bit widened the opening on the lever to the correct diameter. I'd be interested to see one of those cables that attaches both levers to both brakes. If I'm understanding you correctly it sounds a little like the linked braking system Honda uses on some motorcycles.
"crazy" set upfixedgearhead
Dec 6, 2002 4:18 PM
Yea. I never have been up close and personal with them but from what I saw, the cable from the drop bar brake passes thu the top of bar brake lever and must have some kind of stop linking mech to allow the complete pull of the cable to the caliper/canti brake set.
I don't know if the top of bar lever moves when you pull the drop lever or not. I would think that there would be a website bb for cyclocross that might point you in the right direction for info.

"crazy" set upfixedgearhead
Dec 6, 2002 4:22 PM
I should have check this website. There is a cyclocross discussion group here. Hit the other "select another forum" button on the webpage and there lies a list of other groups. Cyclocross is one of them I don't know how active they are but it's worth a try.
Good luck.

I mount my brake on the rightPsalm 147-10_11
Dec 4, 2002 7:42 AM
This way, I can safely brake and use a left hand signal when turning left against traffic.