City Bike Brake Levers
Many people have asked us where they can get old-fashioned city bike levers, the type that CLB and Mafac and a dozen other companies used to make.
We found what is probably the best model that fits in with those classic styles. They are all alloy with good quality castings and a nice shiny finish. They use a stainless steel clamp. These levers work with caliper and cantilever brakes, but not V-brakes.
Best of all, they are available in both MTB (22.2mm) and road bar (23.8mm) sizes, so you won't have to scour eBay or the back rooms of old bike shops looking for vintage levers.
Levers include the button-type cable housing ends, but if you want a barrel adjustor, grab these from Dia-Compe.
Sold as a pair.
Classic, comfortable and with enough power to lock up a back wheel. Perfect.
My partner had been complaining about the weak stopping power that she was feeling from her integrated brake / shifting system, so we took it old-school and put on some Grand Crux "curvy bars," with city levers and friction shifters; the finished product is very stylish and much safer.