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Old 01-08-19, 05:18 PM
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Brake level salvageable???



I have a set of traditional non-STI road brakes levers that I recently replaced on one bike. On one of the levers, the small spring that retracts the lever is gone. But it's otherwise in OK condition. Just wondering if anyone can suggest a way to get 'a' spring back in there so that I might salvage the lever for later use.

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Old 01-08-19, 06:04 PM
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brake levers without springs in them still work .. because the brakes have return springs..

[Business] its in no ones economic interest to ship globally and inventory just a spring.
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I've had to try to reposition the lever spring on a number of levers. Some like many Shimano are easily scavenged from other levers, Campy's Ergos use the shift blade's hub spring for the brake lever. Many levers don't have such broad use/availability or easy access/replacing of the spring. So if you strike out and if you can use that lever on the front brake. The shorter cable run will result is less casing friction losses. Additionally some calipers have an adjustable spring and if so then increase that best you can. Andy
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You can get later model springs for Shimano and Campy models but for older levers it will be difficult and probably pure chance searching through a box of levers at a community bicycle co-op.
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So if you strike out and if you can use that lever on the front brake. The shorter cable run will result is less casing friction losses.
That's a good thought. However I'm just recalling that the subject lever was used on the front previously. The calipers would retract as they should, but the lever would remain loose and jiggly.

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then replace it / them as a pair...loose and jiggly can be as results of a crash history bike falling over, etc.
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The calipers would retract as they should, but the lever would remain loose and jiggly.
That doesn't sound right. If the caliper is retracting normally, it should be pulling the lever taut. Maybe you have too much slack in the cable? Perhaps the hoods are interfering in some way?
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