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Dia-Compe Brake Levers(8 posts)

Dia-Compe Brake LeversMiyata 310
Jul 10, 2003 12:12 PM
Where can I get replacement Dia-Compe Brake Levers for my Miyata 310?
re: Dia-Compe Brake LeversMiyata 310
Jul 11, 2003 6:33 AM
Maybe I should explain the problem. The prior owner (I bought the bike about 17 years ago) put auxillary levers on it that point toward the middle of the stem. Apparently, the arbor was replaced to allow this to be done. If I take the Aux. levers off I am left with stud sticking out about 1/4" which is kind of sharp. I would like to replace either with an origional Dia-Comp or something like it and get rid of the Aux levers. Thanks
Have you checked the LBS?Straightblock
Jul 11, 2003 10:49 AM
If the levers are the basic entry-level Dia-Compe levers that were commonly fit with "safety levers", they were used on millions of low to mid-priced bikes in the 70's & 80's. An older shop may have levers, or may even have just the shorter type center pins so you can swap them out. The levers are also identical to Weinmann levers from bikes of the same era, and the pins will interchange.

In a pinch, I've even just hacksawed the pins flush with the inside of the lever body & filed them smooth. You'll still have the remains of the threaded hole, but it will fit your hand better anyway. As a last resort you can probably find a $5 bike a at yard sale or thrift store with the levers you 're looking for.
ahhh...suicide leversMLCrisis
Jul 11, 2003 10:53 AM
I had a similar situation with a project bike last Winter. Never found just the parts I needed to rebuild the old levers, but your LBS might have some lying around - it's worth a phone call. What I eventually found were some nice new dia-compe aero levers (I think they were called "blaze") at:

http://www.big-wheel.com

They sell lots of low-end stuff at very reasonable prices. If you do a search, you'll run across them. Otherwise, they also sell some very functional new nutted long-reach brakes complete with hoods for cheap. Search for "brakeset pyramid sidepull alloy" for the brakes (they sell front and rear separately...) and "brake hood 144" for the rubber hoods. Nothing fancy, but they're new, they look OK and they work!
re: Dia-Compe Brake LeversMiyata 310
Jul 11, 2003 11:48 AM
The "suicide" levers (I like the term) are after market Schwinns and I suspect added to the bike when these were popular. I will ask at my LBS the next time I am over there. Thanks
re: Dia-Compe Brake LeversMiyata 310
Jul 22, 2003 6:35 AM
I picked up a set of dia-comp brake levers at my LBS for $4. Thanks for the suggestion.
Having worked at a LBS once upon a timeStraightblock
Jul 22, 2003 3:41 PM
it always surprises me that more people don't check there first. Glad you scored.
Having worked at a LBS once upon a timeMiyata 310
Jul 25, 2003 8:32 AM
Thanks, they work great.