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I had a bike with Avid BBDB Road brakes (like BB7). I had a similar issue - mushy brake feel, too much lever travel. I think it's just the way Road BB7's are. For what it's worth, I had acceptable results when I put on new pads and performed the procedure to "true" the caliper with the rotor. I could still squeeze the brake levers to the bars, but the braking was good enough that I never needed to.
Also, you need to have a true rotor so that you can run the pads very close. I ran my pads so close that they would drag very lightly.
But I would think the calipers should say "road" on them somewhere.