So i was cleaning up my 86' centurion ironman dave scott roadbike and putting on new cables (jagwire racer kit) and when i was degreasing the brakes i noticed that the springs were really strong. Before i thought it was just the old cabling and lack of return springs in the dia-compe levers which made it harder to press the brake levers.
Well basically, im wondering if there is a way to make the springs a little weaker so that its not as hard to press the brake levers?
I upgraded from the old aero dia-compe levers to a newer pair of tektro r-200's. Brakes are shimano 600's side-pull caliper brakes. I have lubed the cabling, levers, and brakes, so it is defiantly the springs that are making breaking pretty hard, especially from the hoods. Any help would be appreciated!
too many bikes from 1967 10s (5x2)Frejus to a Sumitomo Ti/Chorus aluminum 10s (10x2), plus one non-susp mtn bike I use as my commuter
Brake springs used to be much stronger in the past. The trend has been to lighter action on both brake and gear levers over the last 10+ years, made partly possible by the advent of lower friction cables.
You can try fitting a piece of tubing over the end of each leg and bending it inward a bit. Since you'll never get it perfect, you'll then have to recenter the caliper according o how the modified springs balance.