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

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Date: Wed, 08 Nov 2000 16:33:27 -0500
From: Harvey M Sachs <>
Subject: Brake return springs, was Re: [Fwd: [Classicrendezvous] Zeus parts wanted]
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At 03:59 PM 11/8/2000 -0500, wrote:
>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