Gloria
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Category:  Brake Levers
Name:  Gloria
Brand:  A Lambert & F. Cagnon
Model:  Gloria
Years:  1952 - ?
Country:  France
Weight:  116 grams (Actual)
Added By: Dawes-man on 06/23/13
Updated By: Dawes-man on 06/26/13
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GloriaGloria
StyleNon-AeroReturn Spring No
Quick Release Cable Adjuster
Lever Material AluminumLever Markings
Body Material AluminumHood/Body MarkingsNone (some have Gloria on the lever body)
Attachment Bolt AccessThrough gap when the lever is opened.  
General Information
I originally included a photo of this lever in with my entry for the Bartali Rois des Grimpeur and described it as a later version of that lever.  However, thanks to comments posted by Fancylugs I now realise that it was not made by the same firm at all but by a company in Lyon called A. Lambert & F. Cagnon, whereas the Bartali were made in Cagnes-sur-Mer, in the South of France, by L. Barral.  

There are 2 versions of the Gloria, one with no markings, like this one, and another with 'Gloria' in script on the lever body.  
These are Fancylugs' comments from the entry to the Bartali Roi des Grimpeur levers, which I include here as they are based on actual experience of using the Gloria lever and I think add significantly to our knowledge:

"The latter lever is the similar but not identical GLORIA lever. The latter were available through Ron Kitching (in GB) during the late 1950's and were sold with a rubber hood (all perished now, I have never seen one) are thus slightly later than the Bartali lever. Having used both types of lever for nigh-on 40years my prefered choice is GLORIA as they are more comfortable for my hands"

Comparing the R des G levers with this Gloria the latter is both simpler and more robustly made.  Whereas the former has two clamp bolts, the Gloria has just one and has a simple cast anchor point for the cable end while the former has a removable brass barrel.  The Gloria is slightly heavier, too.  The lever body of the Gloria is slightly less upswept at the end as well as being slightly longer, which differences, I think, explain how they feel more comfortable to Fancylugs.

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