Brake return springs, was Re: [Fwd: [Classicrendezvous] Zeus parts wanted]


Date: Wed, 08 Nov 2000 16:33:27 -0500
To: Soundsorce@aol.com, moos@penn.com, Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
From: Harvey M Sachs <sachs@erols.com>
Subject: Brake return springs, was Re: [Fwd: [Classicrendezvous] Zeus parts wanted]
In-Reply-To: <ae.cee0b3d.273b1898@aol.com>


At 03:59 PM 11/8/2000 -0500, Soundsorce@aol.com wrote:
>Folks,
>
>I love the look of my old NR calipers. However, compared to current modern
>anything, the amt of lever pressure required is........tiring.
>
>Does anyone know of a readily available replacement spring that will make the
>NR caliper easier to close?
>
>Wes Oishi
>L.A. Hand pressure is determined by both caliper return spring and the ratio of caliper leverage to brake lever leverage. In addition, modern hidden-cable levers have a helper spring that decreases the hand pressure required. Personally, I consider the hand pressure required by the CR and the universal 68 to be a feature of their low leverage (little lever travel to move the caliper), and I would change levers rather than springs. Why not try a hidden-cable lever with more leverage (more lever travel)?

Might help.

harvey "no leverage any more" sachs\ mcLean va