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    Quote Originally Posted by jrenaut View Post
    Related to hoods - what do people do with fixed gears with only one brake but using hoods? I have a hood without a brake lever, which looks kind of silly.
    That's one option. You can also leave the brake lever on, but disconnected (which is what I have right now). Another option is to add a small length of brake cable with a stopper so you can't pull the brake. Or if you're feeling MacGyvery you can hook it up to ding a bell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vvill View Post
    Or if you're feeling MacGyvery you can hook it up to ding a bell.
    Ooh, that would be awesome. That's probably beyond me, though

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    Quote Originally Posted by vvill View Post
    That's one option. You can also leave the brake lever on, but disconnected (which is what I have right now). Another option is to add a small length of brake cable with a stopper so you can't pull the brake. Or if you're feeling MacGyvery you can hook it up to ding a bell.
    Or buy hoods with spring-loaded levers. The Cane Creek SCR-5 are a good choice, and I think Tektro typically uses springs. I'll fix the floppy SRAM lever on my Cinelli eventually, but I'm waiting until I need to change the bar tape.

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    Ok, americancyclo wins. I was staying away from the exotic stuff. Campagnolo C-Record Deltas are the mostest, awesomest, hyper supersonically coolest brakeset in the world. Although each one weighs about 36 kgs, they are overengineered to heck and are not very good on long downhills unless you know what you are doing.

    Although I would doubt your sanity if you descended on an alpine road on a fixie... but I digress.

    The Modolos are an excellent proposal. They were a childhood dream. Modolo only made brakesets and handlebars, IIRC. The pads were "sinterized" and Did. Not. Function. At. All. In. The. Wet. But I lusted after them. Read about them here: http://www.veloaficionado.com/blog/b...ake-collection

    A picture of their Master Pros (from the same website linked above):

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    As I could not swing a set of Modolo Master Pros, I bothered my parents to no end for something almost as nice. As a birthday and Christmas present on my racebike as a 16 y.o. I received a Galli brakset. I suppose my dad felt guilty - he built up a aluminum Alan frameset with full Campagnolo C-Record at the same time.

    Galli was a company from Turin that made high-end components and attempted to outprice Campagnolo on the high-end of the market (no, not kidding). I had the Super Criterium model, IIRC. Sublime and rare. Look for'em and impress your classic bike buddies! I could only find one full brakeset on Ebay (this is not the Super Criterium, what is in the add was a higher falutin' version that was "aero"!)

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Galli-Brake-...oAAOxyEoFSYXVF

    A picture of the full group from an Italian website selling a NOS group (Must. Resist. Buying. This.):

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    I had a poster of a Sannino steel specialissima with a full Galli group on my wall as a young teenager... ah those were the days!
    Last edited by Powerful Pete; 11-19-2015 at 09:29 AM. Reason: Corrected some of the 30-odd spelling mistakes in my original post.

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    If it's raining, I usually ride my Bianchi with fenders. I'd still like brakes that work in the rain, though. And while the 46X16 gearing and adherence to Rule 55 mean I'm not descending anything TOO crazy, it's always nice to have brakes that work when you need them most.

    A set of those red ones pictured on your link would be super hot.

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    You can always replace the pads, you know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DismalScientist View Post
    You can always replace the pads, you know.
    I thought bad brake pads meant it was time to throw away the bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by americancyclo View Post
    ...What about Modolo?...
    Better late than never

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