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Originally Posted by GiantDave
(Dia-compe 287-v). ... I caught it this time only because when applying my brakes, they didnt release. ...
That problem is not related to rust, but rather to misalignment of the brake housing and brake lever. The 287-V have a "feature" which I think more as a design flaw. The cable housing is simply abutted (sp.) to the lever; there is no "sleeve" to slide the housing into. Once the cable is installed, everything is fine IF there is no lateral pressure on the cable. Moving the brake levers a tiny bit is a good way to pinch the cable and prevent it from working.
If you haven't unwrapped your handlebars, you may solve the problem by slacking a little bit the bolt that ties the lever to the handlebar. Then try to move the lever slightly
until it works better. Tighten it in place.
If your handlebars are unwrapped, the surest method is:
– Place the levers where you want them. Bolt them tight.
– Size the housing appropriately and cut it in place.
– Run the cable and install the brake. Make it work.
You will probably notice that it works very smoothly.
– With electrical tape, tape the housing to the handlebar.
Start near the brake lever. Do 2-3 turns to make sure the housing won't move.
– Tape the rest if you want.
– Install handlebar tape.