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daveysprocket

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B18 mystery brake lever?
« on: 11 December, 2017, 09:08:57 »
Hello again, another mystery regarding the B18 front brake. Yesterday I took apart the front brake lever and noticed the integral serrated ratchet teeth, there was no pawl to locate with the teeth. Could anyone explain what this was for, maybe a parking brake? There is a hole in the mounting assembly adjacent to the teeth position.
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Dave

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Re: B18 mystery brake lever?
« Reply #1 on: 11 December, 2017, 11:07:29 »
A picture would be helpful.
My bike is a 1958 A7SS

Hoppe30

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Re: B18 mystery brake lever?
« Reply #2 on: 11 December, 2017, 13:12:24 »
Hi Dave,

The serrated part is for a sidecar brake lock. It is a spring loaded device: pull in and lock manually, pull in and it unlocks automatically. It was used on all mid 30s BSA with the combination levers. It isn't particularly useful on a B18 unless you lean it against a wall. ::)

Kind regards,
Leon
BSA 1930s nut.

Trying to collect all 1936 models. Still missing B3, R17 and Y13.

daveysprocket

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Re: B18 mystery brake lever?
« Reply #3 on: 02 January, 2018, 10:50:00 »
Thank you Leon - I would never have guessed that.
And, sorry I will have to learn how to do photos.
Dave