Everywhere I read I see the blanket statement that "Road calipers don't work with v brake levers due to the cable pull ratio." In fact, when I modded my cheap roadie with cheap mtb Shimano pods (during a flat bar conversion) I did notice that the brakes did indeed seem a little wooden and not as effective as they could be. Then I looked at the dual pivot caliper and noticed that they have a disengagement lever on the side. Hmmm.. I need to eat up some cable travel - what happens if I open that lever to full open? Well I did and the brakes feel and work much better. Perhaps not as good as a travel agent, but it certainly brings them within the decent range.