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Sparky
10-16-2008, 07:28 PM
for those that want 2 brakes to run off one lever, i found a soulution.

pretty simple, and not too expensive.

http://www.bikepartsusa.com/bikeparts/item/01-90291/brake-brake_levers/Pyramid--Set%2C-Duel-Cable%2C-Alloy-Brake-Lever&category=brake-brake_levers

if the link doesnt work, its the "duel cable" lever on bike parts usa. com

its a possibility other than those cable splitters found on high-end BMX bikes.

i would still imagine getting them to pull perfectly evenly would be a pain.

TheKid
10-16-2008, 07:59 PM
That's the one I sent to Joey, from the same place. I had two of them on my quad, and they work well. The price has gone up since I bought them for $7.99

trikeman
10-17-2008, 04:54 AM
Plus they look to have about the same mechanical advantage and pull distance as the Pyramid V-brake levers shown on this page, which means they probably will work with V-brakes.

http://www.gaerlan.com/bikeparts/parts/brakes/brakes.html

I never had V-brakes on any of my road bikes until recently and they seem to work so much better than other cailper brakes. I don't have any trouble locking up the wheels with them if I want to. They are the best thing if you don't want or can't afford disc brakes, if you are looking for more stopping power. They are also easier to adjust, but do require you weld on the mounting holders and would be more difficult to mount on a tadpole front.

I don't own any of these Tekro models, but I did notice that Niagara Cycles (the source of the $20 20" BMX wheel with 14mm axles) has a matched pair cable pull and v-brake on clearance for a good price (sorry only a single lever), but great for the rear if you need it

http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_info.php?products_id=5245

TheKid
10-17-2008, 12:52 PM
I used them with the old side pull caliper brakes, as well as v brakes and disc brakes. It's easy to adjust each wheel independently. I may use the one I have left on the Streetfox for the front brakes, and a locking lever for the rear for use as a parking brake.

n9viw
10-17-2008, 01:31 PM
Instead of going through all that fuss, why not have one single cable running to both brakes, and use one of these to an ordinary brake lever?: http://www.bikepartsusa.com/bikeparts/item/01-77747/brake-other_parts/Dia-Compe--Brake-Yoke-(10bag)&category=brake-other_parts
It would be simple matter, and would work even if you used two caliper brakes on the steering front of a tadpole. Link the two with one cable, leave a span of cable un-sleeved in the middle of the frame (or wherever you want the pull to activate), put one of those yokes on the main brake cable, and you're all done.
I got the idea from the ordinary: a parking brake cable on my truck. One pedal actuates two brake assemblies using a link yoke, why not on a bike?

SirJoey
10-17-2008, 02:04 PM
That's the one I sent to Joey, from the same place.

Kid, I'm glad you mentioned that, cuz since it only had one of the cable adjusters on it,
I didn't even notice that it WAS a double. Thought it was just a regular brake lever, albeit a decent one.

Checked on it while out there in the shop today, & sure enough, a double! KOOL! :D

Thanx again!


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TheKid
10-17-2008, 02:38 PM
Instead of going through all that fuss, why not have one single cable running to both brakes, and use one of these to an ordinary brake lever?

I tried that first, but it was harder to adjust both brakes equally. As far as a fuss, I found it easier to install two cables.
Others have a more favorable opinion of using a yoke, still others find the cables that are "two into one" to be the best method. It's a matter of preference.

RR posted this 'two into one" dual cable in the old forum:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2309/1733323687_8c9312715e_o.jpg

Here's a source for it:

http://www.ebikestop.com/sst_oryg_shortcut_detangler_top_cable-CA9006.php

Another source with cables:

http://www.modernbike.com/itemgroup.asp?igpk=2126175084&TID=367

n9viw
10-18-2008, 10:14 AM
Yeah, those are Gyro cables. Easy to find, but spendy sometimes, with lots of parts left over. Also, some of the cheaper ones have the adjusters fixed to the cable, so you can't remove them unless you cut the ends off the cables. You could run one cable from each brake caliper to a central location, use two adjusters (to allow you to adjust them independently) and link together with a cable swage from the hardware store. You could even clamp the two independent cables to one, and link that to the main one going up front. I just thought a yoke would be simpler.

As far as that goes, most caliper brakes have adjusters built in, don't they? No problems there, once you have the cable set, adjust them for similar spacing, and you're done.

TheKid
10-18-2008, 12:15 PM
You could run one cable from each brake caliper to a central location, use two adjusters (to allow you to adjust them independently) and link together with a cable swage from the hardware store. You could even clamp the two independent cables to one, and link that to the main one going up front. I just thought a yoke would be simpler.


I was going to do exactly that when the simple yoke didn't work so well. But it was so much easier to just run two cables to one lever than to make a trip to a hardware store and rig up a more elaborate system. If I'd known about the gyro cables at the time, I probably would have went that route. In any event, On the quad, It took less than an hour to run the four cables and adjust the brakes. I'd say that's pretty simple.