Dual Pull Brake Lever

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I thought I’d re-post about these really cool dual pull brake levers I installed on my front load cargo tricycle (2 wheels up front 1 wheel in back). I’ve had them on the trike for about 6 months and they work great! Basically, you can run two brake cables from two different brake sets into one lever and the lever balances the pull going to both sets of brakes.

Inside the lever there is a little mechanism that balances the pull between the two brake lines. That way you have equal pressure going to both front brakes on the trike when you pull the lever. What this means for cargo tricycles is that you can have one lever that actuates both front wheels equally without any brake steering effect. Brake steering is when one wheel brakes harder than the other, which pulls the tricycle violently to the left or right when braking.

In practice, you still need to make sure that your brakes are tuned similarly. Meaning that you can’t have one brake cable totally loose with the other one completely tight and still hope that the dual pull brake lever will work it’s magic. However, if you spend the time to at least adjust your brake cables reasonably, these things work great!

If you do a Google search for “dual pull brake lever” there are a lot of companies selling these. I think I got mine for about $12 USD.

5 Comments For This Post

  1. Katie Lapp Says:

    THANK YOU for posting this! I am a one handed girl who just bought a bike. I had a modified hand brake when I was little, but couldn’t figure out how to do the modification. Now I’m not going to have to think that much harder!!! You’d be amazed how long it takes to google for this stuff!

  2. Calgary Rob Says:

    I have also seen PRO racers use a similar set up when riding with a broken wrist. They also had one STI lever with a bar end shifter mounter on the same side so they could shift front/rear with one hand.

  3. Robert Says:

    Whats the model and make of this brake lever and who imports them

  4. Mike Says:

    These are also perfect for bike polo – when you need to keep one hand free to hold the mallet…

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