I thought I'd ask here. For Christmas, I got a new commuter bike. It's a BikeDirect bike (), and I love it. It's a Windsor Timeline singlespeed and/or fixed gear. It has nice wide tire clearances, nice brakes, and I enjoy the geometry. The only downside is the brake levers, which, while they mechanically work, feel cheap and have weird loose hoods. So, I was looking into a new set of brake levers. I was on ebay, looking around, and ventured into the vintage section. There are some cool looking old non-aero brake levers in there, and I am considering picking up a pair for myself, probably something from Shimano or Campagnolo, because it's different and I like the vintage look. Also, it's basically a beater, so the brake levers may make it look older and less desirable to a thief.
First, is there anything I should know about these old brake levers, any major problems that have been fixed with modern levers?
Second, given possible problems, are there any brands or specific models I should either seek out or avoid? Perhaps a certain model is particularly powerful, or another has weird problems. Thanks in advance