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First road bike, '79 Nishiki Custom Sport, swapping brake levers/cables?

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First road bike, '79 Nishiki Custom Sport, swapping brake levers/cables?


I just got my first road bike, a '79 Nishiki Custom Sport, and was considering swapping out the existing brake levers for a newer (and cheap) pair from a local shop. I suspect the original hoods were some gummy material and after 30+ years of use, it seems they stuck to the levers quite well, and left a residue. For aesthetic reasons, I'd also like to wrap over the brake lines. Was there anything in particular I have to look for in a brake lever, like compatibility with type of braking system, etc? Or were these just one-size-fits-all type of components?

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There are two basic types of brake levers, "road" and "V-brake".

Road levers have a higher mechanical advantage, pull less cable length and are compatible with cantilever, sidepull and center pull caliper brakes and a few road specific mechanical disc brakes. Tektro's R200 levers are typical of this design.

V-brake levers have a lower mechanical advantage, pull more cable and are compatible with V-brakes and most mechanical disc brakes. Tektro's RL520 levers fall in this catagory.
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