My vintage Motobecane mixte is set up as a roadbike, and I have been taking it on 25 mile rides several times a week. It's got drop bars and original Weinmann brakes.
On short rides all was fine, but once I started doing longer rides, the joint between my thumb and forefinger began to hurt as a result of squeezing the brakes. The pain kept building up with each ride, until I simply can no longer press these brakes without excruciating pain in the entire thumb and wrist area. I usually keep my hands on top of the bars and press the "suicide levers". But when I try the drops and squeeze the "normal" brakes, it's not any better, same sort of pain.
We have tried to adjust the brake levers into different positions and to adjust the tension so that they are easier to squeeze, but this has not helped. My husband suggests that the old style brake levers are probably just too harsh for me. He thinks that the only solution is probably to replace them with modern components, or to get a modern bike. I do not want a new bike though; I love my lugged mixte.
Any comments/ suggestions? Is this a problem others have when riding vintage roadbikes, or am I doing something wrong? And what modern brake levers would go with this sort of bike?
Thanks in advance!