Awesome Retro Mechanical Bicycle Brakes
I spotted this while riding around Finalborgo, the medieval walled town that’s one of three boroughs in Finale Ligure, Italy, following Cannondale’s mountain bike team camp. Actually, this is one of many really cool bikes and hacks we spotted while ducking in and out of alleys, paths and streets, but the rest will pop up as Pics of the Day soon.
What makes this one worthy of its own post is the brakes. Before cables were cool, there were rods and pivots, and this one has them in abundance! Click through to see one serious set of linkages…
The brake handles rotate through the handlebar and pull the first rod up. That rotates a lever and pulls another rod along the downtube.
That one rotates a lever at the bottom bracket…
…which pulls a rod connected to another lever at the top of the seat tube. That one pulls the brakes up and puts them in contact with the rim.
The best part is that someone’s still riding this daily!