Are the tektro's that you tried the mini v brakes? Or are they the long reach dual pivot caliper brakes?
After reading through the entire thread again, I thought I had a better idea of what route to take with my swift. I was still hoping to use brifters, with the mini v brakes, but if you're still not getting enough stopping power with those (if those are the brakes you're reffering to) , I will go with the 287V levers and the stock v brakes w/ a bar end shifter.
I assume the bar end shifter is still indexed, but since I have no experience with them, can someone claify that for me.