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Just brought home a pink 80's Schwinn Prelude :)

Old 04-20-16, 12:57 PM
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Old 04-20-16, 07:13 PM
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I am confused about the brake levers, and your hand size. Is the problem in the distance the lever is away from the handlebars your problem? Or, is it in the amount of pressure your hands have to exert to stop in a comfortable manner? I believe you have said you have small sized hands, and that you need levers that you can grip comfortably, but there are a couple of replies that address the amount of pressure needed to apply the brakes.

Sorry for being dense, I just would like to follow this thread, that is a wonderful looking bicycle, I have admired the Prelude Schwinns for a while now, yours is a great score. Best of luck on getting the few problems sorted out.
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Originally Posted by qcpmsame
I am confused about the brake levers, and your hand size. Is the problem in the distance the lever is away from the handlebars your problem? Or, is it in the amount of pressure your hands have to exert to stop in a comfortable manner? I believe you have said you have small sized hands, and that you need levers that you can grip comfortably, but there are a couple of replies that address the amount of pressure needed to apply the brakes.

Sorry for being dense, I just would like to follow this thread, that is a wonderful looking bicycle, I have admired the Prelude Schwinns for a while now, yours is a great score. Best of luck on getting the few problems sorted out.

Yes, the distance from the bar to lever is a bit too much. Im going to order the Tektro R341 levers for small hands. They mentioned I should try the dual pivot calipers as well if the pressure i needed ended up being too much as well, as they need less force - I havent reread the thread, but im pretty sure this was the reason lol




I went on my first solo ride yesturday to really get a feel for her. I did 7.75 miles and it was great! She handles well and it was a much smoother (and much faster) ride. I was quite impressed. This is my first road bike though, so im only able to compare her to my Hardrock which i had set up with 1.5 slicks.
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Originally Posted by noglider
Yes, single pivots and dual pivots are short pull, also called standard pull. The only long pull brake type is the V-brake, unless I'm mistaken.

What is the actual cable pull of brake levers? - Bicycles Stack Exchange

https://www.bikeforums.net/bicycle-me...ke-levers.html

So definitely get the Tektro levers. Once they are installed, see if you're satisfied. If the brakes don't stop well enough, get the dual pivots. They require a lot less force.

Oh, did we mention Kool Stop pads? Definitely get those when you get the levers. There is no better brake pad, though there are some that cost more. (Do I sound like a commercial?)

lol thanks for the info! Im definitely going to get the levers. Iv been looking around ebay and other places, looking at calipers...Im probably going to try the ones i have now first like you said though since the prices are a bit high. The rear is great, the front is a bit stiff and squeaky though, so we'll see i guess. I dont know much about calipers...Really grew to like the cantis on my last bike.

Iv tried the MTB Kool Stops before and agree theyre great. Ill def. switch over though when i have the cash. There are some Dia Compe ones on there now.
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Yes, the distance from the bar to lever is a bit too much. Im going to order the Tektro R341 levers for small hands. They mentioned I should try the dual pivot calipers as well if the pressure i needed ended up being too much as well, as they need less force - I havent reread the thread, but im pretty sure this was the reason lol ...snip.
Alright, thanks for the explanation, I understand the issues now. Good to know that you found a lever with shorter reach. In the newer components, SRAM has reach adjustment built in, and Shimano has something akin to shims that bring the lever closer to the bar. Good to know that a short reach lever is available, my wife has small hands and she is ready to move back to road bikes, now I can take care of this issue for her, if necessary.

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Originally Posted by qcpmsame
Alright, thanks for the explanation, I understand the issues now. Good to know that you found a lever with shorter reach. In the newer components, SRAM has reach adjustment built in, and Shimano has something akin to shims that bring the lever closer to the bar. Good to know that a short reach lever is available, my wife has small hands and she is ready to move back to road bikes, now I can take care of this issue for her, if necessary.

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Oh, good to know. I knew they had adjustable reach flat bar levers, but not for drop bar levers.

This is the link to the Tektro ones if you didnt see it earlier, if you wanted to check them out or something. Theyre only $21 new. I havent shopped around yet but i think thats a pretty good price! Iv heard there may be another type/brand made for small hands, but I havent checked them out yet.

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[MENTION=423363]Hardrock23[/MENTION] check this thread by [MENTION=299673]puchfinnland[/MENTION] on making a set set of junior road bike brake levers. https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...road-bike.html

Made for his daughter as her hands were too small for normal levers, it may help you with your brake reach problem.
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I love the color. I have a pink Ted Wojcik. One of the nicest bike I ever saw was an early Paramount with a similar color.
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sorry for the necro post, I had to see your schwinn, she looks in amazing shape! I'm sure she looks even better now that its been awhile since this was posted! #steelisreal ride out of SpokesEtc needs to happen! just need to get neough support!
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sorry for the necro post, I had to see your schwinn, she looks in amazing shape! I'm sure she looks even better now that its been awhile since this was posted! #steelisreal ride out of SpokesEtc needs to happen! just need to get neough support!
Sorry i am just now seeing this!
She does look a bit different and I totally forgot to update this thread.

This is her from last week, below.

Im still making changes - putting on a silver stem, gray cable housing, white Selle Italia Diva saddle (picking up today, finally!), A530 pedals, and a new seat post with more adjustment is needed...Eventually either white wall or gum wall tires once these wear out...Im sure it will be never ending, atleast for awhile lol. Oh and cross top levers...I have a list somewhere
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