I've just purchased a pair of Schwinn Suburban 5 spds, his and hers for $70 - seems a good deal. Both are in great shape and I'm already riding mine to work. However, the rear brake on my wife's does not work. Here is the problem:
The cable is jammed or stuck somewhere, I think it is in the brake lever. There are no visible adjustments to make on the lever, and dissasembly seems impossible without damaging the lever. The lever is orginal, I'm pretty sure.
When I pull the brake lever, well, I can't.
Question: Is it possible to disassemble and reassemble the lever? If so, I can add new cable.
Would it be better to buy a replacement lever, and if so, will there be compatibility issues due to the age of the bike?