I am back from a trip and bike tasks have piled up.
The current bike issue: A Trek 520 which has sat for years has bar end shifters and regular old Diacomp road bike brakes. I don't know what those type of brakes are called. Help with the terminology? I am putting new housing and cable on the brakes but the front brake lever would not spring back. This is not a cable or housing issue. I took both off and the lever moves but not loosely and doesn't spring back like the rear brake lever. It is a simple mechanism. I took it apart. There is a little spring inside which is OK. I know this because if I take out one of the little plastic washer type things that sit where the brake pivots the lever will snap back.
Suggestions? Right now I have one of the two plastic washers out of the lever and it works fine but I assume this isn't a good long term solution.