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The Agrippa brake 

Peter Underwood

From an advert in Cycling 9 November 1934

Agrippa brake...see, it's here!

 - the "Agrippa" Brake

THIS IS THE BRAKE - THE "AGRIPPA" - THAT IS GOING TO BE IN HOT DEMAND!  IT IS SOMETHING THAT IS NOT ONLY NEW, IT IS DISTINCT - AND DIFFERENT. ITS ADVANTAGES ARE DEFINITELY VITAL, AND IT IS BOUND TO CLAIM THE SERIOUS ATTENTION OF ALL CYCLISTS WHO BELIEVE IN THE PROGRESSION OF CYCLE FITMENT DESIGN AND CYCLING EFFICIENCY


The "AGRIPPA" represents in astonishing degree a tremendous step forward in cable brake design. Briefly, it incorporates a series of lever arms, the action of which increases its braking power by no less than four times. Thus only a mere touch of the lever is required in order to effectively apply the brakes to the rim.  The design of the "AGRIPPA" provides for a perfect alignment of the cable throughout the activation od the lever, so that chafing or fraying of the cable wire at either end is thus obviated, thereby reducing the danger and bugbear of a broken cable to a minimum.


The "AGRIPPA" retails at 5/6 in chromium plated finish, and is available with bolt fastening (for original equipment purposes), or clip fastening for fitment to readers' present machines.


'Aids to Happy Cycling' (1936) explains that the Agrippa was produced by Phillips, it goes on to state that this brake was one of the sensations of Olympia in 1935