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Old 05-03-10, 05:31 PM   #1
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Brake springs feeling too strong, shimano 600

So i was cleaning up my 86' centurion ironman dave scott roadbike and putting on new cables (jagwire racer kit) and when i was degreasing the brakes i noticed that the springs were really strong. Before i thought it was just the old cabling and lack of return springs in the dia-compe levers which made it harder to press the brake levers.

Well basically, im wondering if there is a way to make the springs a little weaker so that its not as hard to press the brake levers?

I upgraded from the old aero dia-compe levers to a newer pair of tektro r-200's. Brakes are shimano 600's side-pull caliper brakes. I have lubed the cabling, levers, and brakes, so it is defiantly the springs that are making breaking pretty hard, especially from the hoods. Any help would be appreciated!
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Brake springs used to be much stronger in the past. The trend has been to lighter action on both brake and gear levers over the last 10+ years, made partly possible by the advent of lower friction cables.

You can try fitting a piece of tubing over the end of each leg and bending it inward a bit. Since you'll never get it perfect, you'll then have to recenter the caliper according o how the modified springs balance.
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