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Old 06-20-09, 08:43 AM   #1
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Upgrade my brake levers!

Hey everyone, ive only gone on a few short rides on my nishiki rally, and i find riding with my hands on the brake levers to be VERY uncomfortable, this is with or without wearing my riding ggloves.

brake lever hoods? (nishiki)
thats a thread regarding my levers.

Just wondering if there are any suggestions as to what levers i should look at, if it matters, i wear a large size glove.
I took a quick look at sheldon browns list of levers at http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/b...vers-drop.html

Was just wondering if anyone has any input as to what i should look at for a comfier brake lever for riding on the hoods.
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Old 06-20-09, 09:18 AM   #2
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Any of the knock-off Campagnolo levers are a good choice. Nearly everything in production these days are aero style, but Velo Orange sells these non-aero Dia Compe levers:

http://velo-orange.com/diacompe.html


Those ought to be nice and comfortable since they are based on the nice old Campagnolo design. Aero equivalents these days are the Dia Compe Blaze BL-07:



Or the Tektro 221A:

Or the Shimano Tiagra for twice the price:


Or, if you want a more modern look and think the bigger levers would be better for your hands, there is the Cane Creek SCR-5 and the Tektro R100A (the same lever with different hoods):



All are very comfortable for me, and I have big hands, too.

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^^^ all good suggestions.

my $0.02:

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Or, if you want a more modern look and think the bigger levers would be better for your hands, there is the Cane Creek SCR-5 and the Tektro R100A

All are very comfortable for me, and I have big hands, too.
+1. I fell in love with the SCR-5 levers because of the comfort the hoods afford. They're a bit wider and a bit more squared off at the top, which fits my big hands perfectly. If you don't mind the slightly more modern look, I definitely recommend 'em.
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Yes, since you have large hands, Campagnolo, Modolo, MAFAC, and other long-reach European brake handles should serve you well. Those of us with smaller hands are better off with Weinmann, DiaCompe, and other shorter-reach handles.
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sorry everyone, now that i think about it, i wouldnt say i have LARGE hands at all, My louis garneau gloves are a size L, but my motocross gloves are a size M, If i have AVERAGE size hands, will the cane creek levers be alright? I dont care if levers or accessories ruin the vintage look of this bike, i want something comfortable that i will enjoy using.
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Tektro makes the standard R200A (Campy Ergo clone) for moderate to big hands, and..

..the R100A for smaller hands.

The Cane Creek SCR-5 is the same as the R200A except with other logo and textured brown hoods.

My hands are slim but long and the R200A is a perfect fit.
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The Cane Creek SCR-5 is the same as the R200A except with other logo and textured brown hoods.

My hands are slim but long and the R200A is a perfect fit.
The only real difference is in the quality of the rubber. The Cane Creeks have nicer rubber hoods. They are available in black or tan. The Tektros are only available in black. I have the Cane Creeks in tan on my new Rivendell and I'm enjoying them. I like the look of the smaller levers better, but I wanted the quick release that's built in to the Cane Creek/Tektro levers.

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