I have a Motobecane Messenger that I use as a city commuting bike, and it works just fine,except that I kind of wish the brake levers were top mounted instead of the road bike levers it came with. I basically want them because it's a bit more comfortable than reaching farther for the brakes as I am now doing. But I'm pretty novice and was hoping you all could advise.
1) Do I still have similar braking power with top mounted brakes instead of the normal road bike levers? I read in the forum that they can be wimpy/dangerous. Can these replace my current brakes or is it better to install them as auxiliary brakes? I ride mainly flat roads and am not a very aggressive rider, if that gives some insight.
2) It looks like the handlebar is a 26mm so would something like this work?
Close-up photos of the bike are here:
3) Besides the brake levers and cable (something like this? http://www.amazon.com/Brake-Cable-Ho.../dp/B000C128MK), do I need other components/materials? My plan was to bring the new levers/cable to my lbs and ask them to install since I'm not very well-versed.
Thoughts? Easy? Difficult? My apologies for sounding ignorant - trying to educate myself on this stuff and feeling a bit unsure!