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    Crank Bros Joplin lever as a brake lever?

    Hi Everyone,
    I saw somewhere online, but I can no longer find it. Someone used a Joplin lever as a brake lever. I don't know if this is safe, but I'm starting a minimalist single-speed cruiser project and would like to try this as an option. Would the leverage be sufficient enough to engage the brakes? Either v-type or disc? This bike is not going more than 10 miles an hour ;-)

    Has anyone had experience with this? Or know of that post I am talking about? It was a bike blog with mainly photos in it. It looked wicked, dunno if it's practical though.

    Cheers :-)

    This is the lever I am talking about:



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    Well, it would at least look cool. I couldn't find anything that talked about cable pull, but I bet it is too short.

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    I seem to remember that a cable pulley was used to increase leverage with one of these:


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    cool idea but i dont think it will have any power. id email them or try it on a vbrake and a cant brake to find out.

    details on the ss project?

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    Maybe it was this Trek commuter bike you saw.

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    @ The Avenger
    That's the one! Although I saw different photos from a rider's POV. But I recognize the Portland Design Works grips. I guess there is enough leverage there Maybe just for calipers though.

    @ Veloreality
    Details so far is a 97 Kona steel frame, 17" (IMHO, I think the 17" steels are the nicest looking and a perfect fit for me) dunno what else to put on there. I have a bunch of parts but undecided on the build. Just got hold of brand spankin new RaceFace Cadence cranks I wanna use and a set of Mavic 317 wheels. Oh and a Bony Race Lite saddle

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    Found a better image, but I can't embed the image:
    http://velonews.competitor.com/2009/...e-levers_91041

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spok75
    Found a better image, but I can't embed the image:
    http://velonews.competitor.com/2009/...e-levers_91041
    I see hills.

    I want to climb them.

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    thanks!
    you helped me figure out what i needed to complete my plans.
    i figured out my front brake for my ss road project (due early 2011)
    Eecycleworks Eebrake (silver)
    Alligator iLink Cable set (silver)
    Crank Bros Joplin remote lever (hand polished)

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    @Stevob, thanks!

    Now I really am feling the urge to finish this project! Anywho I wonder how much the pull is when the lever is engaged? I'd like to use this with an Avid BB7

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    call up crank bros. to find out...or just get the lever and experiment with pulleys. either a bike specific pulley (i.e. travel agents) or the local hardware store probably has a bunch for experimenting to get the best feel.

    either way it's gonna hurt the fingers to get hard braking with such a short lever, no matter how much leverage you get on the cable...
    what would rainbow unicorn do?

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