Hi everyone. Let me start this post by mentioning that I've searched the forum and the archives, and I'm not having much luck finding what I'm looking for specifically. I used what I found to remove the suicide levers and adjust the brake cables to compensate for the missing bit of metal at the top of the brake lever.
So anyways...on to my question.
I have an older Bianchi road bike. It's one of the Japanese frame Bianchis. It has Shimano components, including brakes and brake levers. The brakes HAD suicide levers on them. I removed the suicide levers today, but now, what am I supposed to do with the screw hole that's left where it was??
I've read in other answers that you can put a shorter screw in there, replace the spot that was taken up by the suicide lever with some washers, or cover the whole apparatus up with a new hood and call it a day.
But, I'm not sure if on my bike any of these are necessary. After removing the screw, when I look at the brake lever system, it seems that the screw isn't really a necessary component for the operation of the brakes. I was able to adjust the brake cable and use the lever just fine without the screw in there at all.
I did only one brake for now, and went for a little ride. I CAREFULLY tested the brake that I had removed and it seemed to operate completely fine. It was literally no different than how it acted when the suicide lever was on there.
So, am I correct in my assumption that the screw isn't an integral component to the functioning of the brake lever?? Do I need to find a smaller screw or put some washers on the existing screw?? Or can I just leave it alone and have it work just fine??
Sorry if this is a really noobie question. I'm new to the Bianchi and I've never had to remove suicide levers before. As stated, I searched around and found how to do it...but wasn't able to find any suggestions that you remove the levers and then just leave it with the screw hole in place.
Thanks in advance!!