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PostPosted: Sun Sep 19, 2010 11:59 pm 
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Anyone remember the company 'Strange' - they made some really funky brake levers in the mid '90s ?


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Yes, I remember. Masters of the CNC milling machine. Still alive and doing well but now concentrating on what they always did best- axles for hot rods and drag cars. Their halfshafts are the best I the business


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Chris Strange out of Hamilton Ontario (next town over to me). He started selling his parts out of Freewheel Cycle in Dundas back in 94. I had one of his Crosstop style brakes on the rear of my Rocky Mountain Edge. Worked well, but was a PITA to set up. His reverse action (push housing) brake levers were funky.

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Bad old pic (I milled the booster out of 7075 freehand on a Bridgeport).


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Thank's for the info chaps.

If anyone's got any pic's of the levers I'd love to see 'em again.


Nice work on that booster FMJ 8)


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Found some stuff on the net.

First gen.

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Second gen.

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Mine were 1.1. Used a piece of brake cable as the crosslink instead of a spoke like the 1.0 1st gen.

Found a set of levers that work on the same "push housing" principle as Strane's, but pics of his are rather elusive.

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Cheers for the pic's, it looks nicely engineered stuff.

The reverse action 'push housing' system is interesting ..wonder if it offered any advantages...


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Just thought I'd bump this as there are some 'available' on the bay at the mo' - amazing looking things! :)
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Brake-L ... 4177cd9fef


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 2:58 pm 
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ferrus wrote:


I never realized the crack was so good in Oregon.

Tried a pair out on the owner of Freewheel's personal bike. They worked like brake levers. Just different.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 3:22 pm 
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FMJ wrote:
Just different.

My kind of 'different'!
The ebay ones look beautifully made and finished. Very, very tasty indeed.

...Wonder if the seller would part-exchange for a NOS Proshift mech'...gotta be worth, say $1500 to him surely.... :P


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 7:07 pm 
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Pics for ferrus......or posterity, whichever comes first. :lol:

One thing about the levers is because of the inherent design, the cables run parallel to the bars about a half an inch away. Tucked in nice and tidy, and less prone to snagging on branches/feet/helmet peaks/etc.

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