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Photo from the collection of Jeff Archer of First Flight Bicycles. If you think you know what this is, post your answer in the ‘comments’ section– the correct answer will be posted there on Tuesday!

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pocketbeagle
pocketbeagle
10 years ago

It’s a v-brake adaptor for road brake levers!

I just got one NOS!

Ray
Ray
10 years ago

IBIS loveunit, allows STI or ergo levers to work with V-Brakes

Snarlymarley
Snarlymarley
10 years ago

Road lever to v-brake cable pull adapter.

uglyyeti
uglyyeti
10 years ago

It’s an Ibis Lubejob. It let you run cantilever brakes with Magura hydraulic levers while allowing a steady trickle of fluid into the cable housing.

David
David
10 years ago

IBIS Love Unit Released in 1994 for tandem usage, sorta like an enclosed travel agent

Tom
Tom
10 years ago

David, we have a winner, although it wasn’t sorta like a travel agent. It was a travel agent allowing the use of V-brakes on a bike with standard levers. For use either on a mountain bike or a tandem.

Inside it had a lever that had one position where the cable from the lever was anchored and another further out where the cable going to the brake was mounted. Super simple, but done in the typically stylish Ibis way.

CJ Goodrich
CJ Goodrich
10 years ago

there are some correct answers here, so lets straighten it out.
David Got it right as the name part.
Snarlymarley is right as to what it does, road levers to Liner pull brakes. Road levers work standard canti’s

Doug
Doug
10 years ago

I have to chime in. The Love unit was NOT like the travel agent, in that the travel agent actually WORKS. Ibis’ handy work was nice, but I remember modding the crap out of those things just to eliminate drag. The World Class V-Dapter came next, and while hoaky, was lighter and functioned better. I’ll get back in my corner.

WV Cycling
WV Cycling
10 years ago

I’d like to see one cracked open :3

Jon
Jon
10 years ago

CJ is spot on for this one. I remember going to the flea market at the Trexlertown Velodrome years ago, and Bobby Julich (before he had his CSC comeback) was there selling a metallic green Ibis Hakkalugi with Ultegra and White parts, V-brakes and the Love Unit. Looked pretty sweet. He wanted $800, but I figured a pro’s used steel cross bike might have seen a few hard miles…

Tyler Benedict
Admin
10 years ago

It’s the Ibis Love Unit and it’s a handlebar mounted device that adds cable pull between STI levers and V-brakes, of particular use for tandems and touring bikes that paired drop bar levers with linear pull brakes. The device used increased leverage to increase the amount of cable pulled so that V-brakes would close enough to properly grab the rim. Retail was about $50. More info at the links below:

http://img696.imageshack.us/img696/4425/loveunit1.jpg

and

http://www.cyclofiend.com/ibis/97/97-05.html

First Flight
10 years ago

Posted a quick picture of one cracked open just so ya’ll could see the inner workings.

http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g304/firstflightbikes/2012-02-15100248.jpg

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