Hello, I've been building a fixed-gear bicycle recently, and being the wise person I think I am I have decided to put brakes on it (front and rear). I nabbed a pair of Dia-Compe "Aero Gran Compe" brake levers. They're beautiful, white hoods with white levers!
Anyway...I have some 6.5 mm white cabling as well, and I used the wire that came with my cheapo Tektro brake calipers. The problem I have is, I can't get the brakes to stay tight, even after I put them together. They work great at first, but then something happens and they stop braking as well. But the most annoying part of all this is that my front brake lever will make this grating sound when I pull back on them as well as having an uneven pull that feels rough and abrasive.
I figured it was the cable rubbing against the inside of the brake lever, and at first I was right. I could see the black metal of the inside had marks all over it. So I put some metal thingy that came with my brakes (eek I know, I'm a nub) inside and it eliminated the problem at first.
I'm left with brakes that are abrasive and make a horrible grating sound and their brake functions decrease after a few uses.
Can anyone help me out?