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Old 01-19-09, 03:56 AM   #1
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most comfortably brake levers?

So I want to go door to door bike camping and just picked up an 85 Nishiki Riviera GT on craigslist, great bike but it has small hood less non aero brake levers, I was thinking baout slapping some bigger hooded aero or non aero brake levers on the bars, and was wondering what the most comfortable brake levers were? if they are also the cheapest and vintage that's even better.

I'll post pictures of my bike later, I actually have a lot of questions, about racks and panniers and other equip but I'll search the forums a bit before asking my own questions.
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Old 01-19-09, 07:11 AM   #2
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Obviously much must depend on your hands and personal preferences. I've had some old non hooded levers, old Shimano 600 aero levers, Cane Creek SCR-5s(?) and the newer Shimano STI levers.

Hands down for me, the newer Shimano STI levers win. They just feel so much more comfortable to me. I do like the Cane Creeks, but have this nagging feeling that because of the angle I like to have them and have the Shimano STIs, in an emergency braking situation from the hoods, my hands could slip right over them. That (and it might just be a perception, not a reality) just puts me off a little. Plus I feel the Cane Creeks are for bigger hands, and the Shimano for smaller hands, and I'm on the smaller hand side. But YMMV.
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The poster ahead of me has it right. My handspan is more than 9 inches from thumb to pinky. I LOVE the Cane Creeks, precisely because the hoods are wider. I'm building up a custom tourer, and it'll have the same brake handles I have on my fixed gear -- CC SCR5s. Another nice thing about them: there's a little button that acts as kind of a quick release to get the brake cable looser in order to free the canti bridle cables more easily. The contour of the brakes is right for big hands as well, and they offer great feedback for modulating brakes.

Smaller hands? I'd stick with Shimano.
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Old 01-19-09, 01:14 PM   #4
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Tektro/Cane Creek(slightly pricier rebadged Tektros with heavily textured hoods) If you like slightly bigger hoods, Shimano aero levers if you like smaller ones. I don't have very big hands but still prefer the Tektros, and they have a model that works with linear pull brakes if you don't like the cantilevers on the Nishiki.
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I have broken STI levers on my touring bike. Ripped out all the clockwork bits and jb welded what was left together. I greatly prefer this to the Shimano Exage levers I was using previously. I wish Shimano would update their basic aero lever design with the same grip their current STI lever set has. I'm sure it'd be worth the price of admission; just think of how many they're bundling on single speed road bikes right now.
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Anybody had success building up the area where the web of your hand rides with paper or something, then taping it over? I have a similar issue going on with my bike but I really don`t want to replace my old levers- they LOOK so much cooler than the ones that FEEL cool. I haven`t tried what I asked about yet, but I`m thinking about it.
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Tektro +1 hands down!

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cane creek for me...
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