niggle wrote:Des49 wrote:Is a Shimano V-brake lever ok for a SA drum brake?
I have recently purchased one with a dynamo to build up for someone. The bke currently has I think Shimano LX V-brakes, it would be nice to keep the same lever.
I think not, unless your levers have an adjuster in them that will let you change between v-brake and canti/roller brakes pull. Best IMO would be the genuine Sturmey Archer levers: http://practicalcycles.com/products/233 ... canti.aspx or something else designed for traditional side pull calliper or canti brakes like http://practicalcycles.com/products/334 ... ebars.aspx or http://practicalcycles.com/products/233 ... evers.aspx
EDIT: Sturmey also do a parking brake version: http://practicalcycles.com/products/107 ... lever.aspx
Thank you for this info and the links.
Not sure if the current levers are adjustable, the bike is with one of my daughters who lives a fair way away. Those SA levers are pretty cheap so may just be best to get those. The rear brake will remain a V for now, though in time it would be great to migrate to a hub gear and drum brake too, will cut down on maintenance and keep things cleaner for her. Though this was a £60 bike, the value is increasing a lot with a few additions which defeats the original aim somewhat.